For Spaniards, the summer holiday is still a beach, but with WiFi

Nine out of 10 like to spend their holidays on the Spanish coast, armed with technology and enjoying the luxury of a hotel

TOURISM

New digital system will help foreign shoppers get faster VAT refunds

Spanish tax agency runs trial test with bar code forms and will set up scanning stands at major airports

Spain, hardest hit by counterfeit alcohol sales

EU Intellectual Property Office estimates that the sector is losing millions of euros a year to fake products

SOCIAL SECURITY

When should you register as self-employed in Spain?

Social Security and tax regulations can be confusing, especially if you’re not earning much

Spanish public transport use drops by seven million passengers in one year

Number of people using buses and trains down 1.8% compared with June 2013

RAIL STOPPAGE

First day of Spanish train strike unfolds without major incident

Workers call 46-hour stoppage on key vacation travel days to protest staff shortages

LATIN AMERICA

Peña Nieto: “Mexico has decided to change things that did not let it grow”

Mexican president outlines reforms he has introduced at Madrid event organized by EL PAÍS

ONLINE SHOPPING

Amazon takes on Spain’s fashion giants

Spanish branch of US web retailer opens clothing store to compete with Inditex and El Corte Inglés