Giancarlo Carta
Giancarlo Carta

Giancarlo Carta has been a BBVA Research economist since 2017, and he has spent his whole career to date in the BBVA Group. Currently he is a member of the Spain Unit, where he handles some of the analysis of Spanish regions within BBVA Research.

Prior to this, he used to be part of the CEO Office, where he was in charge of the bank’s financial analysis (both for the Board of Directors and for the market and analysts), as well as strategic (KPI tracking) and communication projects.

In 2013 he received a Degree in Economic Development and International Cooperation from the University of Palermo (Italy - Final Grade 110/110 cum laude). In 2015 he finished a Master’s Degree in International Economy in the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Latest publications

Card spending increased 41% year-on-year in May (51% in April). Progress was greater in the online channel (69%) than in the face-to-face channel (30%). The end of the state of alarm in May 2021 magnified the year-on-year slowdown in purchases, especially with foreign cards.
Tourist spending by Spaniards outside their usual province of residence remained 6 pp below 2019 levels in the first three months of 2022. The effect of Easter pushed up consumption in mid-April and the latest data from the May bank holiday point to greater dynamism than in 2019.
Card purchases increased by 51% year-on-year in April (39% in March). Growth was greater in the online channel (81%) than in the face-to-face channel (40%), and both transactions with Spanish cards and, above all, with foreign cards gained momentum.