Numerous wealthy families reside here, and the town has a trade in olive-oil, silk and velvet.
Trade is in olive-oil, almonds and stone from the neighbouring quarries.
The principal exports are wines, cereals, olive-oil, cotton goods, soap, cigarette-paper, furniture and barrels, boots, shoes and leather goods, and machinery.
Manufactures are of small account, the raw material going mostly to the coast; but olive-oil is made, together with various wines, of which the most famous is the vino d'oro, a sweet liqueur-like beverage.
The industries include flour-milling, the manufacture of confectionery, iron-ware and hats, and the distillation of olive-oil.
Farming, horsebreeding, linen-weaving and the manufacture of olive-oil are the chief local industries.
Its chief exports are seedless grapes ("currants"), olive-oil, silk and cereals.
It is the best-built port of the sultanate and is generally second in point of trade, which is carried on mainly with Marseilles, London, Gibraltar and the Canaries, the principal exports being almonds, goat-skins, gums and olive-oil, and the principal imports cotton goods, sugar and tea.
The other trades are olive-oil refining, barrel-making and soap-boiling; corn, honey and fruit are largely exported.