Data I saw on CNBC over weekend showed Spain is fairly competitive for its exports and is in much better position than Italy. Maybe this is because of lowwages many get -slave labour some seem to get. But it seems some small shop keepers in my village are having to pay quite a lot to employ part time staff. May be that is because some are too honest with a system that does not give credit to honest people and asumes all to be dishonest !!!!