by Humphrey Carter

Sunday shopping has finally and properly got under way in the centre of Palma and I have not seen the city so busy since the recession struck.
Not only were the big high street chains open, a good number of the smaller retailers were also experiencing brisk trade with visitors and residents enjoying a lively Sunday shop.

OK, it could be the novelty factor , but all the stores have the right to open every Sunday throughout the season and the bars and restaurants were also enjoying the spin off with the terraces full.

The only downside was that my bank had either not done its homework or there had been a serious early morning rush on cash because by midmorning I had to hike round a number of branches to get some cash out.

That was easy for me, but not the numerous desperate holiday makers I came across all looking blankly at the ATM screens.
Now, with the long Easter bank holiday coming up, hopefully the stores and restaurants which did open will have seen that it paid financial dividend and that other retailers and eateries will follow suit.

It would appear that, at least here in Majorca, some sectors of the business community had finally realised that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

You can't fight a recession by burying your head in the sand and hoping it will go away.
Because it will not.


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