Monitoring conducted by FUSADES at the enterprise level reflected a decrease in sales, employment, imports and investments in April.
In addition, consumer perception also went down after a slight upward trend in March.
Journalist Patricia Palma, wrote in Elsalvador.com: "According to this monthly monitoring, which measures positive or negative entrepreneurial perception about their situation, the overall sales indicator showed a net balance of -54%. That is, sales decreased for more than half of the respondents. This is the biggest drop since the indicator began a downward trend that has now continued for eight consecutive months. The same behavior was shown by the overall employment indicator, which went to -40%, its lowest level in the last nine months."
In July the MIEA increased by 2.8%, down from 3.19% registered in the same period of 2012.
The growth of the Monthly Index of Economic Activity (MIEA) observed in July recorded only a slight increase of 2.8% when compared to the amount recorded in June which was an increase of 2.67%. However when compared to the same period in 2012, the stagnation is much more clear, since the index was then at 3.19%.
The latest official data point to a mild slowdown in Costa Rica's economic growth.
The Monthly Index of Economic Activity in March (the last month for which information is available) was 6.5 percent, down from 6.8% in the same month last year.
The central bank's preliminary figures for the first quarter provide mixed signals on the near-term development of the economy.