Guatemala: Slight drop in inflation expected

The Inflation Expectations Survey revealed a some optimism regarding the behavior of the cost of living for the month of September and the next few months.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Analysts, who are consulted on a monthly basis, forecasted that (for this month) there will be a rate of inflation (for a 12 month period) of 13.15%, while for October and November 2008 they calculate that it will be 13% and 12.27% respectively.
By comparing the results with the previous month, it is observed that the rate of expected inflation for September decreased 0.23 percentage points, while for October it dropped 0.42 percentage points.

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Costa Rica: Consumption Slows

July 2011

Distrust by households about the economic future is slowing the growth of consumption.

The projections on consumption behavior made by the private sector for this year differ from government authorities.

A joint study by Unimer and El Financiero indicate that Costa Rican household consumption will grow 3.3% by the end of 2011, less than the 4.3% forecast by the Central Bank of Costa Rica.

Consumer Confidence Up in Panama

October 2010

In September, Consumer Confidence Index was 112 points, eight points higher than results in the previous month (104).

The measurements were made by consultants The Marketing Group for the Chamber of Commerce of Panama, it shows that consumers are confident that home situation in the future will improve, since the indicator remains 20 points above critical point.

Guatemala: Consumer Confidence Drops

September 2009

The consumer confidence index dropped 18 points when compared to May.

This index, measured by The Marketing Group, dropped to 71 from 89, where it was in May, signaling further deterioration in consumer confidence.

"Households are pessimistic regarding the economic situation for the next 12 months, and they are trimming their expenses, anticipating lower income.

Consumer confidence in Costa Rica falls

August 2008

A study done by the University of Costa Rica says that the current and future outlook of Costa Ricans is worst since 2002.

In November of 2007 the Consumer Confidence Index increased by almost 58 points a note worthy rating. However, in just nine months this figure dropped dramatically to 31.6, the lowest rating since September 2002.

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