Palma.— “We're seeing a rise in sales, which, according to the area, can be 6%, 8% or even 10% higher than takings last year,” representatives from major supermarket chains on the island said yesterday.

Attributing the increase in food sales to the rise in popularity of residential tourism on Majorca, the same sources said they were “very pleased” with the result.

Eroski and Mercadona supermarket chains agreed that the higher buying power of residential tourism has prompted sales figures to rise since the middle of July in tourist resorts.

The Corte Inglés department store said that sales of food stuffs were significantly increased due to tourist trade and particularly on Sunday at their branches in Palma.

Calvia, Cala Rajada, Alcudia, Pollensa, and Son Servera are the areas where residential tourism has most boosted food sales, said industry representatives. The rise in residential tourism is closedly linked to the historic number of passengers arriving at Palma airport, they claimed. Last month, a record number of visitors, nearly 3.5 million arrived on Majorca.

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