According to the preliminary data, in October 2018 the index of production in section ‘Construction’ calculated on the base of seasonally adjusted data was 3.3% above the level of the previous month. In October 2018 the working day adjusted index of production in construction increased by 1.8% in comparison with the same month of 2017.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 0.3% in the EU-28 compared to the previous quarter by seasonally adjusted data. For the same period, GDP in Bulgaria increased by 0.7%.
According to the seasonally adjusted data, the GDP growth rate in the third quarter of 2018 is 3.1% compared with the same quarter of 2017 according to the preliminary estimates.
According to the preliminary data, GDP per person employed increased by 3.7% in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
In 2018, 96.7% of the non-financial enterprises with 10 or more persons employed used computers and 94.6% had internet access.
The results of the 2018 survey on the usage of information and communication technologies (ICT) in households and by individuals showed that 72.1% of the households in Bulgaria had internet access at home, which was a growth of 4.8 percentage points compared to the previous year.
Total Producer Price Index in October 2018 increased with 1.3% compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2017 the prices rose by 4.4%. Producer Price Index on Domestic Market in October 2018 increased by 0.8% compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2017 the domestic prices grew by 3.9%.
In November 2018, the total business climate indicator increases by 0.6 percentage points in comparison with October, which is due to the improved business conjuncture in industry and retail trade.
In September 2018 compared to August 2018 an increase is reported for the production of solid fuels by 29.7%. At the same time a decrease is reported for the production of liquefied petroleum gases - by 20.0%, transport diesel - by 3.5% and electricity - by 9.2%. No change for the production of unleaded motor gasoline.
In September 2018 compared to August 2018 an increase is reported for the deliveries of solid fuels - by 28.6% and natural gas - by 16.4%. At the same time a decrease is reported for the deliveries of unleaded motor gasoline - by 14.3%, transport diesel - by 8.3% and electricity - by 5.6%. No change for the deliveries of liquefied petroleum gases.
In October 2018, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 454.7 thousand or by 3.6% above the registered in October 2017. The trips with other purposes (as a guest, education and visit the cultural and sport events) in October 2018 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - 44.6%, followed by the trips with professional purpose - 29.1%, and with holiday and recreation purpose - 26.3%.
In October 2018, the number of arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria was 739.3 thousand or by 3.8% more in comparison with October 2017. In October 2018, the predominant share of the visits with other purposes was 46.0%, followed by trips with holiday and recreation purpose - 34.9%, and with professional purpose - 19.1%.