In August 2010, a low of 15% was recorded, compared to 2009, but in September 2011, there was an increase of 20% compared to September 2010. In April, the annual growth rate was 15%, reported Nacion.com.
The scare liquidity of colones explains the lower growth of loans in this currency, while credit growth in dollars continues to lose strength.
Added to the diminished liquidity in colones putting downward pressure on credit growth in that currency, is uncertainty at enterprise-level over recent changes in the exchange rate and lower credit demand for real estate projects, power generation and tourism, as explained by bankers to Nacion.com.
Arguing an attempt to control credit growth in dollars, the Central Bank will apply a reserve limit of 15% to banks that receive lines of foreign funding in that currency.
The banking sector has opposed the measure, asserting that it will result in an increase in the cost of credit in dollars, affecting the business sector, especially exporters and importers who normally resort to credit lines in dollars to finance their operations abroad.
The Sugef in Costa Rica has demanded tighter controls on banks when lending in dollars.
As part of the measures proposed by the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Sugef), financial institutions must conduct a capacity analysis on the borrower, as well as requiring collateral and credit history, a test now only done when the loan is for more than $130,000.
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