In 2014 the volume of household consumption increased by 16% in Nicaragua, 7% in El Salvador, 5% in Panama and 6% in Guatemala, while in Costa Rica and Honduras it fell by 1% and 5%, respectively.
Panama stands out because of the rapid growth of its economy in recent years, which is currently visible in the consumption of its inhabitants, which in 2014 grew by 5% in turnover. Nicaragua, starting from lower levels, shows an equal growth in turnover, despite a 16% growth in volume due to lower prices.
There is a growing trend in appliances stores and department stores to set up large format stores offering a better buying experience with "everything in one place."
This format allows to the diversification and expansion of the supply of products mainly in middle and upper middle income levels, especially in areas with high population density, which allows consumers to buy more conveniently and for stores to generate more revenue.
The Ministry of Government of Guatemala has awarded eight companies with contracts for the purchase of equipment and uniforms for the National Civil Police.
Using the 'By Exception' purchase method and restricted to firms previously invited to bid, the Interior Ministry awarded contracts to eight companies for the supply of computer equipment and telecommunications, electricity, security and armaments, textiles and others items for $37 million.
A $6 million tender for ambulances has been objected to because the technical constraints correspond to European specifications.
Ambulance Network Inc., one of the five companies that participated in the process of approval of tender conditions for the purchase of ambulances for $6 million, filed a claim, stating that the public act violates the arrangements set out in the Treaty of Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) between Panama and the United States (U.S.) in government procurements.
An evaluation is being made on whether to raise from 250 MW to 400 MW the PG3 tender in order to compensate for the delay in the project by Jaguar Energy, projected to be 600 MW for this year.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines and the National Electric Energy Commission are looking at increasing the energy in the PEG 3 tender from 250 MW to 400 MW. The contest will take place between April and June.
Following the cancellation of the first tender, where there were only two interested parties, in Panama there are now are ten companies in the contest that will award a contract worth close to $88 million.
Meditron Panama, Sanjur and Associates, Cable & Wireless (C & W), Horacio Icaza and Co., Promed, Cable Onda, Maxia, Biomedical Support and Systems, Medical Electronics and RESERMA are companies that appear in the minutes of the clarfication meeting of the second call for tender to be held on 21 May.