Market for Credit and Debit Cards in Costa Rica

Up to July 31st 2014 the number of cards in circulation amounted to 1,817,845, 5% more than at the end of April of the same year.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Costa Rica (MEIC):

San Jose 03 September 2014. The third quarterly survey of credit cards up to July 31 shows that there are 28 issuers, 394 types of cards, 1,817,845 cards (plastic) in circulation, representing an increase of 86,172 cards from the previous study (5 %) as well as a balance of effective debt of 836,118 million colones (up 3.1% over the balance of 30 April).

To complete this quarterly study and in order to meet consumer practices on the use of credit cards, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) conducted a new study which merged the work of the Directorate of Consumer (Support DTC) and the Directorate of Economic Research and Markets (DIEM), to carry out 204 surveys on credit card users, conducted from 11 to 14 July in the Greater Metropolitan Area. In addition issuers were consulted on matters relating to the user of this financial product.

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