The consumer section of the economics ministry said that three of 11 retail outlets checked were not providing sufficient information for credit purchases and in at least one case, the credit documents actually computed the interest to be double what it should be.
The ministry also noted that prices had crept up on items for women when compared to the similar item for men.
This is the annual Día de la Madre survey that
almost always shows retailers taking advantage of the holiday, which is today
The Dirección de Apoyo al Consumidor said that 11major outlets were checked. Nine of them were in San José.
Some retailers were found charging interest on credit purchases in excess of 30 percent, which is the limit established by the commercial code, said the agency.
The agency said it issued nine cautions and filed three formal complaints that could lead to steep fines.