Best Business Outlook for the 2nd Quarter

In Costa Rica, between the first and second quarter of the year, the Global Expectations Index reported a 5% increase, explained by an improvement in the prospects of almost all productive sectors.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

From the total number of businessmen who replied to the survey, approximately 70% do not anticipate changes in the hiring of labor, 13% expect increases and 17% expect reductions, according to the report prepared by the University of Costa Rica.

The document explains that "... It is observed that in all sectors, except agriculture and services, there are more favorable prospects for hiring labor, being greater in construction and trade where the balance between these two quarters is 9.1 and 8.1 percentage points, respectively.

It is important to note that the overall level of this quarter is similar to that of the previous quarter. For a longer period, if we compare the global balance of the second quarter of 2019 with the same quarter of previous years, it is 13.6 percentage points below the average of the last nine years (penultimate column); with respect to the average of previous years, all sectors have lower levels, being particularly agriculture and trade those that decrease the most (last column). The most optimistic businessmen of the construction sector indicate that they expect to increase their payroll by the demand for projects that are being executed during these months of the year and by the performance that has had the activity in the last months of the previous year.

Manufacturing businessmen expect increases in their payroll because of expected local and external demand. Also, businesspeople mention internal factors such as restructuring and opening new branches
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