Cataluña affects local sales in Benidorm

FERIA OUTLET: Raul Parra and Benidorm mayor visit end-of-season fair  Photo credit: Benidorm town hall 

BENIDORM shopkeepers estimate that Cataluña is costing them money. 
Sales slumped by 40 per cent this October owing to pro-independence demonstrations in the region and political instability throughout the country, maintained Raul Parra, president of Benidorm shop-owners’ association Aico.  
“It’s really important, above all for employment, that people start spending again,” he said. 
The political situation, with a general election looming next month has affected everybody, Parra continued: “People are tending to save their money until everything calms down.” 
Parra was talking prior to the launch of the seventh edition of the Feria Outlet in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where local businesses sold their end-of-line and last-season items. 
He was confident that the Feria would be as successful as in other years, as there was the same number of participants selling clothes, accessories, furniture and items for the home. 

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