PUBLIC HEALTH

Spain is the world’s healthiest nation, according to Bloomberg index

Country takes the crown from Italy, while Japan ranks fourth, Britain comes in 19th, and the US takes 35th place, five spots below Cuba

Brexit

Spanish vineyards send extra wine to Britain before Brexit

In preparation for the possibility that the UK crashes out of the EU, bodegas are shipping as much Rioja as they can in a bid to boost their stocks

BUSINESS

Abengoa on verge of largest bankruptcy filing in Spanish history

The renewable energy and engineering company has filed for creditor protection

PUBLIC FINANCES

Portugal’s borrowing costs drop to four-year low at bill auction

Debt agency meets issuing target of 1.25 billion euros

BUSINESS

Vodafone reportedly approaches ONO on possible acquisition

Acceptable bid for cable company would have to be in the region of 7-8 billion euros

PUBLIC FINANCES

Portugal comfortably meets 2013 deficit reduction goal

Shortfall came in better than targeted at 5 percent of GDP

PUBLIC FINANCES

Spain’s rating outlook raised by S&P as growth returns

Rating firm predicts that Spain's economy will shrink this year

Spanish bad bank reorders property sale as bids fall short: sources

Sareb received over 30 offers for commercial real estate

BANKING SECTOR

BBVA’s profit doubles on gains from asset sales

Income climbs to 1.15 billion euros from 505 million euros last year

BUSINESS

Banco do Brasil among bidders for Bankia Florida unit: report

Sale of City national bank could raise 620 million euros

BANKING

Santander probed by UK agency for misleading advice to customers

Spanish bank says it is reviewing the advice it offers

Inditex suspends links with suppliers after Bangladesh blaze

Factory did not have proper license from fire department

FINANCIAL CRISIS

Spain doesn’t need further budgets cuts: economy minister

“The perception of the Spanish economy has improved” De Guindos says

SOCIETY

Spain’s Amancio Ortega makes biggest strides among billionaires

Fashion retail magnate saw his wealth jump by 16.7 billion euros last year

REGIONAL CRISIS

Spain to extend regional debt bailout

Treasury to increase bond issuance next year to cover regions’ funding needs

Business

Telefónica to sell Gulfstream jets as part of cost cuts: sources

Company embarked on austerity drive to reduce debt

BANK BAILOUT

Spain may recapitalize Bankia on its own, says report

This would allow junior debt holders to avoid bearing part of the rescue cost