Tax on a range of staple foods was cut at the end of 2022. | Europa Press (Ricardo Rubio)


The Balearic vice-president, Juan Pedro Yllanes, has told parliament that the government has reported supermarkets in Mallorca and the Balearics for having increased prices of basic foods.

The competition regulator, the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC), has been sent information regarding prices in light of the Spanish government's reduction in the rate of IVA (VAT) on basic food items from four per cent to zero per cent. Yllanes said that the government has been monitoring prices and has detected non-compliance. "Not only have they (supermarkets) not reduced prices, they have increased them."

Urgent measures, the minister insisted, need to be adopted.