Prior to the recent banking crisis, the Spanish economy was considered to be one of the most dynamic and vibrant economies in the EU. In addition to Spain’s global expansion into Asia and Africa, for many years Spain has dominated the tourism, construction and property industries. However, the recent global economic crisis forced Spain into a housing crisis which has largely affected the country’s level of unemployment and deficit. Despite this, Spain’s success in trade export continues to grow; according to the Ministry of Economy, Spain saw vast improvements in its trade deficit which shrank 1.9% and its exports which grew 11.5% in October 2011 compared with October 2010. The export sector has now recovered to pre-crisis level and is appearing to enable stability for the Spanish economy. What is even more encouraging is the fact that these figures are predicted to continue growing. Whilst a large percentage of these exports are vehicles, the Spanish also triumph in the export of commodities such as medicines, oils and machinery. Spain is also well renowned for the country’s high quality food produce and is prominent in providing olive oil, oranges, grapes, wine and tomatoes to a wide range of countries.