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Costa Rica Local-Currency Rating Cut One Level to BB by S&P

February 13, 2012

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Costa Rica’s local-currency debt rating was lowered by Standard & Poor’s, which cited the country’s “limited monetary flexibility” and rising government spending.

S&P cut Costa Rica’s local-currency credit rating to BB, or two levels below investment grade, from BB+. S&P affirmed Costa Rica’s foreign-currency credit ratings at BB, on par with Guatemala and Turkey.

The ratings “balance the country’s limited monetary flexibility as well as rising fiscal pressures with good economic prospects, stable political system and relatively high level of social development,” S&P said in a statement.

Costa Rica’s monetary policy lacks flexibility because of the “high level” of dollarization in the economy, S&P said.

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