Supermarket sales soar in Spain’s Balearic Islands

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QUEUES: Despite the restrictions on movement there are lines of people outside supermarkets at certain times CREDIT: Jenny Hagger Twitter @jenny_Hagger

SALES in Balearic Islands supermarkets and grocery stores have soared as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Spanish press reported.

Despite the authorities’ guarantees on supplies, sales in large supermarkets have reportedly been up between 20 and 30 per cent on a typical day for this time of year.

Nevertheless, sales levels have come down from the days running up to the State of Alarm declaration, which a clear element of panic led to absolutely packed stores and a doubling in sales in some cases.

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Even with the emergency situation restrictions on movements queues still form outside some outlets at certain times, especially first thing in the morning. El Corte Ingles and Mercadona have therefore established a series of rules to give priority to the elderly, medical professionals and other groups considered preference in terms of entry to the stores to do their shops.

Both large supermarkets and small businesses have adapted their opening hours to the exceptional health crisis situation and are closing earlier than normal.


Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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