In April 2019, the total consumer confidence indicator decreases by 0.7 percentage points in comparison with January, which is due entirely to the decreased confidence among the urban population.
According to the preliminary data the Industrial Production Index, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 0.9% in March 2019 as compared to February 2019. In March 2019 the working day adjusted Industrial Production Index rose by 2.8% in comparison with the same month of 2018.
According to the preliminary seasonally adjusted data in March 2019 the turnover in ‘Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles’ at constant prices increased by 0.3% compared to the previous month.
According to the preliminary data, in March 2019 the index of production in section ‘Construction’ calculated on the base of seasonally adjusted data was no change the level of the previous month. In March 2019 the working day adjusted index of production in construction increased by 8.4% in comparison with the same month of 2018.
According to preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute in the first quarter of 2019 the number of newly built residential buildings was 635 and the newly built dwellings in them were 2 453. Compared to the first quarter of 2018 the buildings were by 65 more (or by 11.4%) and the newly built dwellings in them increased by 918 or by 59.8%.
The number of detached crèches and groups in kindergartens functioning in the country as of 31.12.2018 was 840 with 33 226 places in them.
The number of children accommodated in crèches at the end of the year was 31 939. 16 449 of them were boys, and 15 490 - girls.
The total number of places in crèches per 100 children aged up to 3 years as of 31.12.2018 was 17.3 and the coverage of children brought up in crèches - 16.6 per 100 children aged up to 3 years.
In the first quarter of 2019, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 247 residential buildings with 7 832 dwellings, of 28 administrative buildings/offices and 1 149 other buildings. The construction of 871 residential buildings with 4 481 dwellings, of 17 administrative buildings/offices and 644 other buildings was started.
In 2018, the average monthly poverty line for the country is 351.11 BGN average per person. The number of persons who are below this line is 1 550.8 thousand representing 22.0% of the population.
In April 2019, the total business climate indicator increases by 1.9 percentage points compared to March. An improvement of the business conjuncture is registered in industry, construction and service sector, while in retail trade the indicator preserves approximately its level from the previous month.
Total Producer Price Index in March 2019 increased with 0.7% compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2018 the prices rose by 4.6%. Producer Price Index on Domestic Market in March 2019 remained unchanged compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2018 the domestic prices grew by 4.1%.