Costa Rica: 60% Prefer to Pay in Cash

Six out of ten consumers prefer to shop for goods and services using cash, not credit cards.

Monday, September 17, 2012

For credit card payments, the percentage of consumers who use it increases the higher the income bracket, whereas overall 28% pay by card, in the case of higher-income consumers the percentage increases to 42%.

"The preference for cash is widespread and to corroborate it, in 2011 the Banco Central recorded a total of 184 million card transactions (credit and debit), but there were also 170 million withdrawals from ATMs, said Carlos Melegatti, COO of Central Banco Central.

To gauge this, it should be noted that in the country 50% of the population is excluded from the financial system, consumers who have no choice but to use cash to meet their payment needs", reported

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