On a scale of zero to ten, Costa Rica’s Consumer Confidence Index registered at 4.4 in the month of March, a slight increase from 4.3 in February but identical to March 2012.
The index has not registered a score above 5 since February 2011, which authorities would take as a sign of consumer confidence. This makes the period the longest stretch of pessimism -26 months- since the indicator was created in January 2005.
The index is developed and based on a monthly survey by polling firm Unimer.
In the past two years, consumer confidence peaked in March 2011, at 5.1 points.