In the period January - March 2019 the exports of goods from Bulgaria to third countries increased by 13.4% compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 4 335.0 Million BGN while the imports of goods from third countries increased by 11.2% and added up to 5 506.6 Million BGN.
In the period January - March 2019 the total value of all exported goods to third countries and EU amounted to 13 942.1Million BGN, which is 8.9% more than the same period of 2018, while the total value of all imported goods from third countries and EU added up to 15 253.2 Million BGN and grew by 3.5%.
In In the period January - February 2019 the Bulgarian exports to the EU grew by 9.3% compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 6 334.3 Million BGN while the imports from the EU increased by 1.4% and reached 6 229.9 Million BGN.
In February 2019 the exports to the EU increased by 17.4% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year and amounted to 3 169.7 Million BGN while the imports grew by 11.1% and added up to 3 239.3 Million BGN.
In March 2019, 1 964 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 116.3 thousand. In comparison with March 2018, the total number of accommodation establishments (functioned during the period) increased by 1.1%, and the bed-places in them - by 1.2%.
The total number of the nights spent in all accommodation establishments registered in March 2019 was 873.8 thousand, or by 4.9% more in comparison with the same month of the previous year.
The total revenues from nights spent in March 2019 reached 48.7 million BGN or by 8.3% more compared to March 2018.
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.