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Delivered the National Awards of Commerce in Madrid (27/10/2015)

The City of Cartagena, Isamar Gourmet, SL Leon and El Centro Mall Open, Gijon, 2015 National Awards

Secretary of State for Trade, Jaime García-Legaz, the government delegate in Madrid, Concepción Dancausa, the director general of Internal Trade, Carmen blue, and the chairman of the CEC, Manuel García-Izquierdo, have delivered today in Madrid National Business Awards 2015 in terms of how municipalities (consistory of Cartagena), Open Commercial (El Centro, Gijon) and Small Business Centers (Isamar Gourmet, SL de León).

In the eighteenth edition of the Awards, where authorities have also participated autonomous regions, municipalities and representatives of the trade, also Mercasa president, Eduardo Ameijide and managing director of the Chamber of Commerce of Spain, Inmaculada Riera, is They have also awarded five Accésit and eleven mentions.

In total, nineteen winners distributed in ten regions (Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Navarre, Murcia and Valencia).

- In this edition it has been awarded the National Prize to the City of Cartagena economically without provision for their hard work in recent years, aimed to modernize and streamline trade sector activity in parallel with the tourism revitalization.

Cartagena, which receives more than 140,000 cruise passengers a year and has more than one million overnight stays, shows visitors the wide range of possibilities that let you enjoy the heritage, cultural wealth of the city and shopping thanks to the efforts of the pedestrian most popular streets, renovations as Santa Florentina Market, and the holding of events and promotional activities throughout the year.

This category has received Accésit the City of Santiago de Compostela and mention the City of Tres Cantos (Madrid).

The National Award for Town Centre, worth 5,000 euros, was awarded to the Open Mall Center, Gijon (Asturias).

The strip mall Gijon Center covers an area of ​​over 500,000 m2 and has more than 500 stores.

The trade association known for its activities related to the promotion of shopping tourism, improving the attractiveness of the city and the mall to make the shopping experience very satisfying.

The association has carried out activities of animation, promotion and revitalization in the streets, it has a loyalty program 'Gijon a treat' and an application for mobile phones kept informed of the latest developments to all its customers.

Also notable for a constant presence in social and online networks.

In this category they have received Accésit the Association of Merchants and Entrepreneurs G Zone Services Gamonal (Burgos) and Historic Downtown Merchants Association of Valencia.

Have also received notices: Open Aberto Mall Boiro Boiro (A Coruña), the Federation of Businessmen and Industrialists-FECIMO do Morrazo Cangas de Morrazo (Pontevedra), the Regional Association of Trade and Industry of La Rioja, the Casco Antiguo Association of Pamplona (Navarra), the Association of Commerce Figueras (Figueras, Girona).

Finally, the National Small Business Award, worth 5,000 euros, was awarded to the company Isamar Gourmet de León for its constant adaptation to market demand without losing their identity as a family business and his enthusiasm for a job well done, for its pioneering and enterprising character.

With over 60 years of history, known for its constant innovation and its commitment to quality and excellence.

It has become a supply boutique offering a wide variety of excellent care products in detail from their brand image to the changing design of their windows as a function of time and products, making it more attractive to the consumer.

In this category they have received Accésit companies MIRASOTO SA of Madrid and Barcelona Rabat jewelry.

They have also received notices Claravision Optics, SL in Granada, Huelva Zapas Brutal, PIPPER Paperwork-bookstore-Leisure Guadix (Granada), Musical Alfonso de Orihuela (Alicante) and Carnes Varea, SL Valencia.

Commerce National Awards are part of the comprehensive plan to support the competitiveness of retailing Spain that the executive has developed in collaboration with the autonomous regions, municipalities and key associations of the commercial sector to support and join hands together for the commercial fabric of our cities as the backbone of life and activity of the same.

Latest trade data

In the second quarter of 2015, the final consumption expenditure of households with an annual growth of 3.5%.

An improvement in sales was also seen, with an increase in the first eight months of 2015 from 3.3% year on average.

There is therefore a turnaround in retail sales that since September 2013, are beginning to show positive values ​​almost every month on annual change, after 38 consecutive months of annual declines.

In the field of employment in retail, according to data from the Labour Force Survey, in the third quarter of 2015 retail trade recorded 17,400 more employed than the same quarter last year (+ 0.9% ), the sixth consecutive quarter in which the employed in the retail trade grow at annual rate.

Also it highlights the enormous potential of Spain as a tourist destination for shopping, with a record number of foreign tourists so far this year.

Until September 2015, they visited Spain 54.4 million international tourists, two million international tourists more than in the same period last year.

Between January and August 2015, total spending by non-residents amounted to 46,590 million euros, 7% more than in the same period of 2014.

Source: Delegación del Gobierno en Murcia

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