Manufacturing Exports Down by 18% in Costa Rica

Manufacturing industry exports in the first quarter were down from $1.543 billion in 2008 to $1.260 billion in 2009.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Exports from this sector (microprocessors, textiles and medical devices) represent 61% of the country's total exports.

Journalist Hassel Fallas wrote in "The reduction in manufactured goods exports is greater than the decline in agriculture (8%) and food (14%). Agricultural exports in the first quarter amounted to $539 million against $588 million for the same period last year."

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