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As Intel scales down, Costa Rica looks to boost medical equipment manufacturing

President Laura Chinchilla and President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís wrangled this week with the political consequences of microchip giant Intel’s exit from Costa Rica, while observers search for the next big high-tech opportunity.

Coffee futures rise to 25-month high on global deficit forecast

NEW YORK – Coffee futures rose to a 25-month high as concerns mounted that the global market will swing to a deficit after a drought in the first quarter ravaged crops in Brazil, the world's biggest producer and exporter.

Bank of America, Intel announce thousands of layoffs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s high-tech and service industries took a hard hit on Tuesday as microchip manufacturer Intel and Bank of America announced roughly 3,000 layoffs between both companies.

Intel to close Costa Rica chip assembly plant, lay off 1,500 workers

Intel Corporation on Tuesday addressed rumors circulating in recent days about the company's future in Costa Rica, saying in a press release they will close their microchip assembly and testing operations in the country over the next six months. A total of 1,500 employees will lose their jobs.

Intel to downsize Costa Rica operations, several media sources report

Intel reportedly plans to move its manufacturing operation to Asia and lay off 1,500 employees.

German entrepreneurs seek investment options in Costa Rica

A group of 14 entrepreneurs from Germany arrived in Costa Rica over the weekend to evaluate investment opportunities in the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Selling ice cream is good business in Costa Rica

Be it soft serve, frozen custard or milk shakes, Ticos love their ice cream. Recently, three companies announced their intentions to cash in on all the dessert love by opening or expanding their businesses in the country. Those companies are Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yoghurt, Dairy Queen and POPS.

Businesses wary of hiring amid continued political uncertainty, says survey

The high cost of electricity and fluctuating exchange rate ranked among the greatest concerns for Costa Rican businesses during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations' latest Business Pulse survey released Wednesday.

Construction and homes expo in Belén to focus on sustainability

More than 230 businesses will display their latest home and construction products at a fair focusing on developing eco-friendly and energy saving homes. ExpoConstrucción y Vivenda 2014 opened Wednesday afternoon and will continue through Sunday at the Pedregal Event Center in Belén, northwest of the capital.

Costa Rica to promote adventure tourism at fairs in Los Angeles and Boston

The Costa Rica Tourism Board along with a group of private-sector companies will promote Costa Rica as a destination for adventure travel at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show 2014 and the Boston Globe Travel Show 2014.

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