Outlook for Costa Rican Industry in 2013

A study reveals that the cost of electricity and the exchange rate are the main factors affecting the competitiveness of Costa Rica's industry.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

From a statement by the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica (CICR):

Industrial production will grow moderately, but employment will stagnate

• 65% of companies surveyed will increase their production, but only 28% will increase their payroll.
• The cost of electricity remains the dominant factor affecting the competitiveness of the industry in Costa Rica.

March 2013.
2013 appears normal for industry. So reveals the study entitled "Business Outlook and valuation factors for Costa Rican industrial competitiveness in 2013", conducted by the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica, in order to find out the general behaviour of firms, expectations for employment generation and production for this year, and the factors that affect the sector's competitiveness.

The study was conducted between January 28 and March 8 this year, and included a representative sample of 200 companies, of which 25% were SMEs and 75% larger companies (53% smaller and 22% medium) .

The results show that 2012 was considered a relatively good year for 75% of companies surveyed, while the remaining 25% described it as a modest year. However, the overall assessment was lower than that reported by business people in 2011. Given the expectations for 2013, half of the companies surveyed believe that the situation in general will be more encouraging, compared to 40% who expect a similar scenario to 2012, while 10% said that their situation would get worse.

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