Positive assessment of the model for shops to open on Sundays and public holidays

During the period when shops and businesses could open on Sundays and public holidays, from 15 May to 15 September, spending was up by 8% compared to the same period the previous year. This is one of the figures from the various results assessed since the launch of the Social Agreement on Commercial Opening Hours of February 2022, allowing businesses to open more hours.

30/01/2024 18:33 h

Anna Tapia

The monitoring group for the agreement on opening hours analysed different indicators to evaluate the measure than allows shops and businesses in busy tourist areas to open on Sundays and public holidays, from 15 May to 15 September, between 12 noon and 8 pm.

Commercial recovery

Between May and September, an analysis was made of the 8% annual increase in spending compared to the same period in 2022. Domestic private consumption (index 133.1) was higher than the figure for consumption among foreigners (index 133.1), with the commercial recovery figure coming out at 126,1 during these months, some 26.2% higher than in 2019. The analysis also assessed card transactions for purchases with BBVA charging terminals at establishments in the city: more transactions were recorded with domestic cards (index 133.1) than with foreign cards (index 110.9). Both figures came out higher than those from before the Covid-19 pandemic.

In terms of employment, 23,225 work contracts were signed in the retail sector between May and August 2023, accounting for 8.3% of job contracts in the city.

Which shops does the agreement on opening times include?

The measure is aimed at all shops and businesses in zones 1 and 2 of the Special Urban Plan on Urban Tourist Accommodation (PEUAT) and is applied in the following neighbourhoods:

  • Ciutat Vella: El Raval, El Gòtic, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera and Barceloneta.
  • Eixample: Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample, Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample, Dreta de l’Eixample, Sagrada Família, Fort Pienc and Sant Antoni.
  • Sants-Montjuïc: Sants, Hostafrancs, Poble-sec and Font de la Guatlla.
  • Les Corts: Les Corts.
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi: Sant Gervasi-Galvany, part of the neighbourhoods of El Putxet and El Farró.
  • Gràcia: Vila de Gràcia, part of the neighbourhoods of La Salut, Camp d’en Grassot, Gràcia Nova and Vallcarca i els Penitents.
  • Horta-Guinardó: part of Baix Guinardó.
  • Sant Martí: Vila Olímpica del Poblenou, Poblenou and part of the neighbourhoods of El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou, and Diagonal Mar and El Fòrum Marítim del Poblenou.


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