According to the preliminary data, in December 2018 the index of production in section ‘Construction’ calculated on the base of seasonally adjusted data was 2.4% below the level of the previous month. In December 2018 the working day adjusted index of production in construction decreased by 1.4% in comparison with the same month of 2017.
According to preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute in the fourth quarter of 2018 the number of newly built residential buildings was 721 and the newly built dwellings in them were 2 345. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2017 the buildings were by 67 more (or by 10.2%) and the newly built dwellings in them increased by 304 or by 14.9%.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 477 residential buildings with 11 682 dwellings, of 33 administrative buildings/offices and 1 319 other buildings. The construction of 935 residential buildings with 5 881 dwellings, of 11 administrative buildings/offices and 624 other buildings was started.
In January 2019, the total business climate indicator increases by 1.9 percentage points in comparison with December 2018 which is due to the improved business climate in industry, construction and service sector.
Total Producer Price Index in December 2018 decreased with 0.7% compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2017 the prices rose by 2.7%. Producer Price Index on Domestic Market in December 2018 fell by 0.4% compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2017 the domestic prices grew by 2.9%.
In November 2018 compared to October 2018 an increase is reported for the production of electricity - by 17.1%. At the same time a decrease is reported for the production of solid fuels - by 8.6%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 6.5%, and transport diesel - by 4.4%. No change for the production of liquefied petroleum gases and natural gas.
In November 2018 compared to October 2018 an increase is reported for the deliveries of natural gas - by 36.3% and electricity - by 14.7%. At the same time a decrease is reported for the deliveries of solid fuels - by 8.3%, liquefied petroleum gases - by 15.4%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 54.2%, and transport diesel - by 11.8%.
In December 2018, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 478.4 thousand or by 4.2% above the registered in December 2017. The trips with other purposes (as a guest, education and visit the cultural and sport events) in December 2018 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - 49.4%, followed by the trips with holiday and recreation purpose - 27.6%, and with professional purpose - 23.0%
In December 2018, the number of arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria was 619.9 thousand or by 4.0% more in comparison with December 2017. In December 2018, the predominant share of the visits with other purposes was 46.3%, followed by trips with holiday and recreation purpose - 35.4%, and with professional purpose - 18.3%.
The consumer price index in December 2018 compared to November 2018 was 100.0%, i.e. the monthly inflation was 0.0%.
In November 2018, 1 844 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 54.1 thousand and the bed-places were 109.8 thousand. Compared to November 2017, the total number of accommodation establishments (functioned during the period) and the bed-places in them, increased by 3.2%.
The total number of the nights spent in all accommodation establishments registered in November 2018 was 684.6 thousand, or by 3.7% less in comparison with the same month of the previous year.
The total revenues from nights spent in November 2018 reached 38.1 million BGN or by 1.9% more compared to November 2017.
In the period January - November 2018 the exports of goods from Bulgaria to third countries decreased by 12.3% compared to the same period of 2017 and amounted to 16 062.0 Million BGN while the imports of goods from third countries increased by 9.4% and added up to 21 190.3 Million BGN.
In the period January - November 2018 the total value of all exported goods to third countries and EU amounted to 51 118.7 Million BGN, which is 1.5% more than the same period of the previous year, while the total value of all imported goods from third countries and EU added up to 58 059.2 Million BGN and grew by 7.7%.