In the fourth quarter of 2016, 833.5 thousand Bulgarian residents made tourist trips. The majority (90.2%) of them travelled only within the country, 8.6% - only abroad and 1.2% - both in the country and abroad. Compared to the same quarter of 2015 the total number of the travelled persons aged 15 and over increased by 10.4%. An increase was observed in the number of the Bulgarian residents travelled in the country - by 17.4%, while the number of persons travelled both in the country and abroad and travelled only abroad decreased by 53.4% and 22.6% respectively.
The total income average per household member during the fourth quarter of 2016 is 1 325 BGN and increases by 5.0% compared to the same quarter of 2015.
The total expenditure average per household member during the fourth quarter of 2016 is 1 209 BGN and increases by 4.1% in comparison with the same quarter of 2015.
According to the preliminary data of the NSI, the consumer price index in January 2017 compared to December 2016 was 101.3%, i.e. the monthly inflation was 1.3%.
According to the seasonally adjusted data, the GDP growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2016 is 3.4% compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
In the fourth quarter of 2016 the unemployment rate was 6.7% and the employment rate of population aged 20 - 64 was 67.7%.
According to the preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute at the end of December 2016 the number of employees under labour contract decreased by 1.7% as compared to the end of September 2016 and reached 2.27 million.
In the fourth quarter of 2016 in comparison with the third quarter of 2016 the average monthly wages and salaries increased by 5.2% getting 990 BGN.
In December 2016, 1 938 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 57.4 thousand and the bed-places were 116.7 thousand. In comparison with December 2015 the total number of accommodation establishments (functioned during the period) decreased with 1.6%, while the bed-places in them increased by 1.6%.
The total number of the nights spent in all accommodation establishments registered in December 2016 was 808.2 thousand, or by 13.2% more in comparison with the same month of the previous year.
The total revenues from nights spent in December 2016 reached 41.6 million BGN or by 14.7% more compared to December 2015.
According to preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute in the fourth quarter of 2016 the number of newly built residential buildings was 634 and the newly built dwellings in them were 2 451. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 the buildings were 2 more (or 0.3%), and the newly built dwellings in them increased by 455 or by 22.8%.
In 2016 the Bulgarian exports to third countries decreased by 5.9% compared to 2015 and amounted to 14 957.0 Million BGN while the imports dropped by 7.1% and added up to 17 090.2 Million BGN.
In 2016 the total value of all exported goods (both for third countries and EU) amounted to 46 104.9 Million BGN and compared to previous year the exports increased by 2.6% while the total value of all imported goods added up to 51 005.8 Million BGN and dropped by 1.1%.
According to the preliminary data the Industrial Production Index, seasonally adjusted, increased by 2.1% in December 2016 as compared to November 2016. In December 2016 the working day adjusted Industrial Production Index rose by 6.9% in comparison with the same month of 2015.