San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Commercial Deficit Down 9.1% in January

Costa Rica’s commercial deficit last month registered 9.1% less than the $382 million reported during January 2006, according to statistics published on the Central Bank’s Web site,

Exports in January accounted for $707 million, a 31.3% growth over January of last year, and imports registered $1 billion, creating a commercial deficit of $348 million.

The country’s main exports are electric components for microprocessors, followed by bananas, medical equipment, pineapples, textiles and coffee.

Imports last month showed a 14.5% increase over the $921 million registered in January 2006. Prime materials for industry and agriculture, consumer goods and fuels are among the country’s main imports.


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