Costa Rica Economic Activity February 2016

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Costa Rica: Economic activity records strong growth again in February

April 11, 2016

In February, economic activity expanded a solid 5.4% over the same month of the previous year, according to the monthly index of economic activity (IMAE, Indice Mensual de Actividad Economica). February’s figure was up from January’s 4.8% and marked the best result since May 2012. In February, the largest gains were recorded in the services sector and in the manufacturing sector. These sectors also recorded strong growth and are driving Costa Rica’s recovery.

Compared to the previous month, economic activity expanded 0.46% in February, which came in above the 0.40% increase recorded in January. Meanwhile, annual average growth in economic activity edged up from 2.7% in January to 3.0% in February.

In its 2016-2017 Macroeconomic Program, the Central Bank noted that it revised the methodology for calculating national accounts and changed the base year to 2012. The Central Bank will release the revised figures progressively and the values shown in this report do not reflect the base year changes. According to the Central Bank, GDP growth for 2015 is estimated at 3.7%.

According to the Central Bank’s 2016–2017 Macroeconomic Program, the Bank projects economic growth of 4.2% in 2016 and of 4.5% in 2017. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect GDP to expand 3.7% in 2016, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. For 2017, participants see GDP growing also 3.7%.

Author:, Economist

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Costa Rica Economic Activity February 2016 0

Note: Year-on-year changes and annual average variation of trend-cycle economic activity in %.
Source: Costa Rica Central Bank (BCCR).

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