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Closed for holidays. That is the common sight for those walking the streets of Palma this month.
More than ever this year, shops and businesses have decided to close for either staff holidays or simply because of the fall in demand, leaving the Balearic capital, one of the main tourist destinations in the Mediterranean looking like a deserted city  at times.  Manela Campos from the PIMEM commerce association says “the situation is worrying”
“There are more shops closed this August than in previous years which affects the traditional trade.”
“The main reason is the reduction in costs. Over the last few years, the number of staff shop owners have at their disposal has been  reduced, to which many now prefer to close completely during August,” Campos said.