Costa Rican Economy: Signs of Recovery

For the authorities of the Central Bank, the economy begins to show signs of recovery, because for four consecutive months the economic activity has registered a positive performance.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

In June of this year, the Monthly Economic Activity Index (IMAE) began to show signs of recovery, recording a 1.2% year-on-year increase. In July and August, positive variations continued, with 1.4% and 1.7% increases reported, respectively.

According to the most recent report of the Central Bank (BCCR), in September the IMAE grew 2% year-on-year, mainly explained by the performance of the special regimes manufacturing sector.

Rodrigo Cubero, president of the BCCR, told that "... the improvement in the IMAE occurred because of a combination of factors including the increase in production in the agricultural sector and manufacturing. The dynamism of the export sector also contributed, mainly from companies located in free trade zones, and an increase in the import of goods for production and final consumption."

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Cubero added that "... There are four consecutive months of recovery in the economic activity index in Costa Rica, suggesting that it has begun to recover. We have sectors showing very low or even negative growth, in clear recovery."

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