Costa Rica: Economic Activity Recovers

With the 2.9% year-on-year change reported in the IMAE in November 2019, the economy has accumulated six consecutive months of acceleration.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The country's production, measured through the Monthly Index of Economic Activity (IMAE), registered a 2.9% year-on-year growth in November, the highest since July 2018, reported the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR).

The document states that "... Thus, national production accumulated six consecutive months of monthly acceleration (higher growth than the previous month), starting in June 2019. The annualized quarterly variation of the seasonally adjusted series (SD) has accelerated since August 2019 and reached 6.1% growth in November, the highest since December 2017.

In November 2019, most economic activities showed year-on-year variations higher than those recorded in the same month of the previous year. This translated into a one percentage point (p.p.) increase in the general indicator in comparison with the same month in 2018 when growth was 1.9%.

Communication and information services continue to have a strong growth (7.6%), mainly due to the higher demand of technological developments by companies and the growth in mobile telephony and internet services.

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From a Report by the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic:

The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic wishes to inform economic agents and the general public that preliminary figures for the Monthly Indicator of Economic Activity (IMAE) show a year-on-year variation of 6.8% in the month of November, having previously registered 4.9% in October , which places accumulated growth of the January-November period at 4.2%, with respect to the same period in the previous year.

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