Nicaragua: Credit Card Usage Drops

During the first quarter, Credomatic recorded a decline of 3% in credit card use with respect to the same period in 2008.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Credomatic is the strongest participant in the Nicaraguan credit card market with 150 thousand customers, and it processes 70% of the total transactions in the country.

A Prensa.com.ni article reported: "Details by the Superintendent of Banks (SIB) suggested that up to and including December 2008, the country had 384,405 cardholders, while the number of credit cards was 539,331, which indicates that each debtor has more than one credit card."

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According to data from the Bank Superintendent of Panama, the balance of defaults and past due accounts reached $37.3 million in 2008.

María de Gracia writes in Pa-digital.com.pa: "The loans that show the highest default rate are those for cars that have a price of up to $15,000, with $28 million, followed by the ones of up to $30,000, with $7.2 million."

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