The economy of Costa Rica advanced 1.5 percent year-on-year in October 2018, quickening from an upwardly revised 0.9 percent growth in the previous month. Output expanded at a faster pace mainly in: transportation & storage (3.2% vs 2.6% in September); finance & insurance (5.8% vs 5.7%); real estate activities (2.3% vs 2.1%) and utilities (1.5% vs 0.2%). Meanwhile, slower growth was seen in construction (8.2% vs 12%); information & communication (4.1% vs 4.9%) while contractions were posted in agriculture (-0.6% vs 5.3%); mining (-4.4% vs -1.5%) and trade (-0.2% vs -1.8%). In contrast, manufacturing activity rebounded (1.2% vs -0.3%). Leading Economic Index in Costa Rica averaged 3.97 percent from 1992 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 14.70 percent in March of 1992 and a record low of -5.70 percent in April of 2009.

Leading Economic Index in Costa Rica is expected to be 3.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Leading Economic Index in Costa Rica to stand at 3.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Costa Rica IMAE is projected to trend around 3.60 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Costa Rica Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Industrial Production 2.50 2.80 10.80 -3.60 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 1.80 2.00 10.20 -7.00 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 21330.30 -86468.10 258205.10 -322316.70 CRC Million [+]
Leading Economic Index 1.50 0.90 14.70 -5.70 percent [+]
Internet Speed 4091.66 3879.16 4091.66 695.74 KBps [+]
IP Addresses 531033.00 514721.00 536472.00 107033.00 IP [+]
Industrial Production Mom -1.90 0.10 9.80 -7.40 percent [+]
Mining Production -0.60 -0.40 26.30 -30.10 percent [+]
Competitiveness Index 62.14 61.72 62.14 4.05 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 55.00 54.00 68.00 51.00 [+]
Corruption Index 59.00 58.00 64.50 41.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 38.00 41.00 55.00 22.00 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 67.00 61.00 121.00 60.00 [+]


Costa Rica IMAE

The IMAE - Índice Mensual de Actividad Económica - estimates the activity of the different economic sectors in a given month, anticipating the future movements in GDP. This page provides the latest reported value for - Costa Rica Leading Economic Index YoY - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Costa Rica IMAE - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1.50 0.90 14.70 -5.70 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
2012=100, NSA




Country Last Previous
Argentina -0.90 Dec/18
Australia -0.10 Nov/18
Brazil 0.29 Nov/18
Canada 0.30 Oct/18
Japan 99.30 Nov/18
Mexico 2.90 Oct/18
Russia 1.80 Nov/18
Singapore 112.00 Sep/18
South Africa -0.20 Sep/18
South Korea 113.50 Nov/18
Turkey -0.29 Nov/18
United Kingdom 0.30 Nov/18
United States 124.80 Nov/18


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