1 957 accommodation establishments – hotels, motels, camping sites, mountain chalets and other establishments for short-term accommodation with more than 10 bed places functioned in the country in the first quarter of 2009. The number of the nights spent in all accommodation establishments fell by 11.2% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to same period in 2008 and rose to 1 632 thousand.
In March 2009, by preliminary data Industrial Production Index increased by 7.7 per cent as compared to the previous month, as compared to March 2008 the index decreased by 17.1 per cent. Industrial Turnover Index increased by 4.0 per cent as compared to the previous month, compared to March 2008 industrial turnover decreased by 20.7 per cent.
Preliminary data for March 2009 indicated that construction production rose by 7.3% compared to the previous month but compared to March 2008 the production in construction fell by 4.3%.
The regular consumer survey carried out by the National Statistical Institute (NSI) in April 2009 registers increased pessimism in opinions and a decrease of 7.6 percentage points in comparison with January of the consumer confidence indicator.
Producer Price Index on Domestic Market in March 2009 rose 1.1 per cent compared to the previous month, compared to the same month of the previous year domestic prices decreased by 1.1 per cent. Total Producer Price Index increased by 0.2 per cent compared to the previous month, the index fell by 5.5 per cent compared to March 2008.
In April 2009, with the exception of construction, the indicator business climate in the rest of the sectors – industry, retail trade and services – registered an increase in comparison with the previous month. The total indicator increased by 0.6 percentage points.
In March 2009 the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad were 403 718 and decreased by 15.1% in comparison with March 2008.
Arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria in March 2009 were 334 417 and decreased by 7.3% in comparison with the same month of 2008.
In March 2009 the goods carried by the railway transport rised by 1.8% in comparison with the previous month and reached to 1 216.4 thousand tones, while the passengers carried increased by 4.4% to 2 544.5 thousands.
In February 2009, Industrial Production Index increased by 5.6 per cent compared with the previous month, while compared with the same month of the 2008 fell by 17.7 per cent. In February 2009, Industrial Turnover Index increased by 4.4 per cent compared with the previous month, compared with February 2008 the Index decreased by 17.2 per cent.