Economic growth in 2013 was prompted by external factors

Free zones are the fastest growth in 2013.

According to a report issued by Aldesa Valores, 2013 was a difficult year for industries that serve the domestic market in Costa Rica. However, at the same time the manufacturing sector in free trade zones reported a record 22 percent growth through October of the year. Demand decreased by 6.3 percent in November and December due to lower prices and reduced volume of exports. The domestic market reported a growth rate of 2.9 percent for the year.