Costa Rica: Economic activity grows for sixth consecutive month in August
The economic rebound waned marginally in August, with activity rising 11.6% in annual terms, following July’s 11.7% increase which had marked the strongest growth in 29 years. Despite a low base effect buttressing the overall result, it still hinted at strong underlying momentum nonetheless.
August’s result was mainly due to a slowdown in both the agriculture, manufacturing, and information and communication sectors. That said, the construction sector expanded at a markedly faster pace in the same period. Overall, growth remained robust, with nearly all sectors registering similar growth rates to the previous month.
Meanwhile, on a calendar-adjusted monthly basis, economic activity moderated in August, growing 0.6% (July: +0.9% mom) and marking the lowest reading in over a year. Meanwhile, the trend improved notably, with the annual average variation of economic activity coming in at plus 1.9% in August, accelerating from July’s 0.4% reading.