Consumption Slows in Costa Rica

Spending is slowing in final household consumption, imports of consumer goods, bank lending for consumption and the monthly index of economic activity trade.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Following the trend of slowdown seen in overall economic activity, consumer spending by Costa Ricans has lost dynamism, which is mainly seen in the expenses made ​​at supermarkets, gas stations and restaurants.

José Ignacio Cordero, CEO of Credomatic Costa Rica, told that "... For six years, an annual moderate growth has been seen, but sustained in industry billing and a change in preferences ... 'Six years ago, the three main categories of consumption were supermarkets, gas stations and airfares, while, at present, the category of restaurants has replaced airfares in third place. '"

Max Alberto Soto, director of the Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Costa Rica said that "... in 2013 influencing factors were quantitative credit limitation, the slowing economy, high unemployment and relative pessimism as measured by the consumer confidence index, this year also having an influence was the devaluation earlier this year, higher inflation and more expensive money."

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During the second quarter of 2013, consumer spending grew by just 3.03% compared to the same period last year.

This was announced by the Central Bank of Costa Rica in its quarterly publication on the gross domestic product (GDP) .

"... The result published was expected, because of the slowdown of Commercial IMAE and a fall in the confidence of traders.

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