The scare liquidity of colones explains the lower growth of loans in this currency, while credit growth in dollars continues to lose strength.
Added to the diminished liquidity in colones putting downward pressure on credit growth in that currency, is uncertainty at enterprise-level over recent changes in the exchange rate and lower credit demand for real estate projects, power generation and tourism, as explained by bankers to Nacion.com.
Costa Rican banks are reporting an increase in loans, specially for industry, services, commerce and home building.
Event though stats for the first half of 2009 do not report an increase in the credit balance of the banking system, "bankers forecast higher loan growth than predicted by the Central Bank in its macroeconomic program revision. The Bank estimated credit growth at 4.3% in Colones and 3% in U.S. dollars."
The National Bank of Costa offers 250 services at 500 local small businesses.
Using the internet, business owners at pharmacies, small shops, and mini supermarkets can attend to clients of the Bank who can access banking services in areas where it is not profitable to install a full branch.