El Salvador: Investment climate deteriorates

According to the Salvadoran Foundation for Social and Economic Development (FUSADES), the consumer and business confidence has dropped.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Based on the Quarterly Outlook Report by FUSADES, during the second quarter of this year there was also a worsening of the perception of the investment climate by businessmen. It was at -14 points.
Factors causing this negative perception include the increase in prices, which in regards to food generated 17.5% in inflation last year, electoral uncertainty, and to a lesser degree than at other times, crime.

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