QCOSTARICA – The slowdown in economic activity in 2014 was also reflected in the decline in foreign direct investment, which reached $2.106 billion, 21% less than in 2013.
From a report issued by the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR):
In 2014, operations with the external sector showed an imbalance in the current account equivalent to 4.9% of GDP (5.0% in the previous year). Negative gaps in goods and income were partially offset by a surplus of services and current account transfers.
The negative balance of trade for goods was less than that seen a year earlier, as a result of a reduction in the value of purchases of raw materials under special regimes. This is despite lower external sales by companies attached to these special trade regimes.