In the period January - April 2019 the exports of goods from Bulgaria to third countries increased by 14.7% compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 5 920.1 Million BGN while the imports of goods from third countries increased by 9.1% and added up to 7 316.3 Million BGN.
In the period January - April 2019 the total value of all exported goods to third countries and EU amounted to 18 663.9 Million BGN, which is 9.5% more than the same period of 2018, while the total value of all imported goods from third countries and EU added up to 20 608.9 Million BGN and grew by 4.6%.
In In the period January - March 2019 the Bulgarian exports to the EU grew by 7.0% compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 9 607.1 Million BGN while the imports from the EU increased by 0.3% and reached 9 817.8 Million BGN.
In March 2019 the exports to the EU increased by 2.9% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year and amounted to 3 274.3 Million BGN while the imports dropped by 1.7% and added up to 3 586.0 Million BGN.
In April 2019, 2 052 accommodation establishments - hotels, motels, camping sites, mountain chalets and other establishments for short-term accommodation with more than 10 bed-places were functioned in the country. The total number of the rooms in them was 74.6 thousand and the bed-places were 157.9 thousand. In comparison with April 2018, the total number of accommodation establishments (functioned during the period) increased by 0.7%, and the bed-places in them - by 10.0%.
The total number of the nights spent in all accommodation establishments registered in April 2019 was 962.7 thousand, or by 7.6% more in comparison with the same month of the previous year.
The total revenues from nights spent in April 2019 reached 51.7 million BGN or by 9.9% more compared to April 2018.
According to the preliminary data the Industrial Production Index, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 1.9% in April 2019 as compared to March 2019. In April 2019 the working day adjusted Industrial Production Index rose by 2.4% in comparison with the same month of 2018.
In April 2019, the turnover in the retail trade kept the level of the previous month.
According to the preliminary seasonally adjusted data in April 2019 the turnover in ‘Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles’ division at constant prices kept the level of the previous month. The working day adjusted turnover decreased by 0.2% as compared to the same month of the previous year.
According to the preliminary data, in April 2019 the index of production in section ‘Construction’ calculated on the base of seasonally adjusted data was 0.4% above the level of the previous month. In April 2019 the working day adjusted index of production in construction increased by 5.8% in comparison with the same month of 2018.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2019 increased by 0.5% in the EU-28 compared to the previous quarter by seasonally adjusted data. For the same period, GDP in Bulgaria increased by 1.2%.
According to the seasonally adjusted data, the GDP growth rate in the first quarter of 2019 is 3.5% compared with the same quarter of 2018 according to the preliminary estimates.
According to the preliminary data, GDP per person employed increased by 4.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of the previous year.