National Statistical Institute
Sofia. In January-August 2018, Bulgaria's exports to third countries dropped 22.9% year-on-year to BGN 10.17 billion, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said. The main trade partners, representing 52.7% of Bulgarian exports to non-EU countries, were Turkey, China, Serbia, the US, Macedonia and Russia.
Sofia. In August 2018, the industrial production index inched up by 0.8% month-on-month and increased 2.3% in comparison with August 2017, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said. On annual basis, production in the manufacturing industry grew by 5%, while power, gas, steam and air conditioning supply fell by 2.2%.
In September, the overall business climate indicator declined by 1.5 points compared to August. This is due to the unfavorable economic conjuncture in the construction and service sector, according to the regular Business Surveys of the National Statistical Institute. The main factors hampering business continue to be linked to the precarious economic environment and labor shortages.
Companies in Bulgaria are planning to increase their employees by ten percent in the last three months of 2018, according to a survey by ManpowerGroup, which surveyed 620 employers. Thus, the intentions did not change compared to the previous quarter, but there was a decrease of three percentage points compared to the same period last year, according to the data.
Bulgaria's consumer price inflation remained stable in August, after accelerating in the previous three months, figures from the National Statistical Institute showed Thursday.
Inflation came in at 3.5 percent in August, the same rate as in July. Consumer prices have been rising since December 2016.