Costa Rica: Consumption Slows

Distrust by households about the economic future is slowing the growth of consumption.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The projections on consumption behavior made by the private sector for this year differ from government authorities.

A joint study by Unimer and El Financiero indicate that Costa Rican household consumption will grow 3.3% by the end of 2011, less than the 4.3% forecast by the Central Bank of Costa Rica. However, the projection of the BCCR may show some variation this month when a review of its macroeconomic program is presented.

Why is consumer confidence diminishing? The weak fiscal situation facing the government, expectations about the U.S. economic recovery, among others, could be some of the elements behind consumer's perceptions in Costa Rica.

An article in states: "the projection of consumption is built based on a function of the results obtained from the Consumer Confidence Index (ICC), together with employment data generated by the Social Security Department. Therefore, if the the first component drops, so does the estimate and, in this case, it freezes compared to 2010.

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May 2010

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Developed by the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the Consumer Confidence Index stood at 53.5 in May, down from 54.2 in February (the scale goes from 0 to 100, anything over 50 implies a favorable outlook).

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