For the first time since the beginning of the recession, Christmas shopping levels in the Balearics are on the rise, reports showed yesterday.

Palma

.— Those walking through the city’s main streets can not fail but notice the enthusiasm generated by the festive season, an unusual site for this time of the year since 2007.

Not only small and medium shops but big department stores like El Corte Inglés have reported a rise in sales.

And this year it’s not only children’s toys which are selling well- although they are still the number one selling products, specially the new video game consoles .

Retail sector sources have said this "increase in movement in shops is welcomed" explaining that there are some factors helping to this unexpected surge in customer confidence. Civil servants (around 55,135 in the Balearics) have recovered their extra pay for December, the tourism season was longer than normal this year and VAT has remained the same.

"Citizens are still cautious with prices when they come shopping but it’s palpable there is more joy this year when it’s time to spend," some shop owners said. The retail has also confirmed that food items and presents are the two sectors showing the best figures.

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