The investment business inquiry of NSI carried out among industrial enterprises in March 2019 shows that in 2018 the expenditures for acquiring fixed tangible and intangible assets in industry are by 5.1% less in comparison with 2017. The plans of industrial enterprises in 2019 are for a decrease of investments by 7.3% compared to the previous year.
Business survey in industry, construction, trade and service sector
National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
Statistics on Tourism and Business surveys Department
|Contact person function|
Head of department
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia,
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 529;
+359 2 9857 628
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||13 July 2020|
|Metadata last posted||13 July 2020|
|Metadata last update||13 July 2020|
The business surveys in industry, construction, retail trade and service sector gather information about the entrepreneurs' opinions about the situation and development of their business. The replies to the questions included in the questionnaires are presented in a three-option ordinal scale. The results are in the form of balances which are the difference between the positive and negative answering options.
Classification of Economic Activities (CEA-2008)
The business inquiries cover the enterprises from the sectors: industry, construction, retail trade and service sector.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
The total business climate indicator is a weighted average of four branch business climate indicators in: industry, construction, retail trade and service sector. As the last indicator of the business climate in service sector has been included in the total time series since May 2002.
The business climate indicator in the observed branches is a geometric mean of balances of assessments about the present and the expected business situation in the enterprises.
The replies to the questions from the inquiries are presented in a three-option ordinal scale of the following type: "Increase", "No change", "Decrease" or "More than sufficient", "Sufficient", "Not sufficient". The balances of opinions are calculated as a difference of the relative shares of the extreme variants of answers.
Some of the indicators represent numerical assessment, e.g. production assurance with orders (number of months), capacity utilisation (%), etc.
The observed unit is enterprise.
Every month about 4900 enterprises are surveyed.
At national level: total for the
At European level: General for Economic and Financial affairs Directorate publishes for the EU member states, Euro area and EU candidate countries.
The time series with monthly data is published in the Information System INFOSTAT of the NSI:
The time series with quarterly data about industry is published on the Information System INFOSTAT of the NSI from 1999, and for construction from 1997.
|Unit of measure|
Balance, percentage, number of months and etc.
|Legal acts and other agreements|
The indicators are provided to EC, DG "Economic and Financial affairs" and Government institutions, according to concluded agreement.
|Confidentiality - policy|
The confidentiality of the individual data of the respondents is guaranteed according to:
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
Individual data from the survey are not published in accordance with article 25 of the Law on Statistics. The publishing of individual data can be performed only in accordance with article 26 of the Law on Statistics and Rules for provision of anonymized individual data for scientific and research purposes (http://www.nsi.bg/bg/node/575).
The date of publication of statistical information is indicated in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute. The data are announced in the last week of the month - around the 28th.
|Release calendar access|
Data for the survey "Business survey in industry, construction, retail trade and service sector" are published on the NSI website, according to the Chapter 5 of the Law on Statistics and European Statistics Code of Practice, considering professional independence and with aim of impartiality and transparency, where all users are treated equal.
The access to the results of the statistical surveys of all users and equality of their rights are regulated in the Rules for dissemination of statistical products and services of the National Statistical Institute.
|Frequency of dissemination|
|Accessibility and clarity|
NSI publishes regular monthly press release "Business conjuncture" in the last week of the reference month.
Analytical publication "Bulgaria 2011 - statistical panorama".
The results from the survey are available in the information system for online requests for statistical information - INFOSTAT.: Topic "Business Statistics", Subtopic "Business Surveys": https://infostat.nsi.bg/infostat/pages/module.jsf?x_2=33
Information services on request, according to the Rules for dissemination of statistical products and services by the NSI http://www.nsi.bg/bg/node/564/.
|Documentation on methodology|
Manual to the Joint harmonised EU programme of business and consumer surveys;
The applied statistical practice of providing data is according to the harmonized European Union programme for business surveys.
Is performed according to the standard criteria for quality assessment - applicability, accuracy and reliability, timeliness, comparability and coherence.
Main users of the data are Government institutions, research institutions and other users from the country, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and other international organizations.
The users' satisfaction survey is not carried out.
Business surveys in industry, construction, retail trade and service sector covers all required variables, according to the Joint harmonised EU programme.
|Accuracy and reliability|
In sample surveys may be mistakes in the registration of answers, processing, and others.
|Timeliness and punctuality|
The NSI presents information about business surveys in the last week of the reference month.
The data are disseminated according to the planned schedule.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
The data received at national level are comparable between different countries carrying out business surveys according to Joint harmonised EU programme.
|Comparability - over time|
The time series data are comparable.
|Coherence - cross domain|
|Coherence - internal|
|Cost and burden|
In order alleviate the business in submitting statistical data, reducing the respondents' burden and improve the quality of data in statistical surveys since January 2012 "Business surveys in industry, construction, retail trade and service sector" are conducted through web-based questionnaires.
|Data revision - policy|
|Data revision - practice|
Main data sources are:
|Frequency of data collection|
Methods of data collection:
Data validation is done on two levels:
The data processing is performed by developed application software.
- Total Business Climate Indicator
- Business survey in industry (NACE Rev. 2)
- Business survey in construction (NACE Rev. 2)
- Business survey in trade (NACE Rev. 2)
- Business survey in service sector (NACE Rev. 2)
Friday, 12 April 2019 - 11:00
Friday, 29 March 2019 - 11:00
In March 2019, the total business climate indicator preserves approximately its February level as an improvement is registered only in retail trade.
Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 11:00
In February 2019, the total business climate indicator remains to its level from the previous month. An improvement of the business conjuncture is observed in construction and service sector, while in retail trade preserves approximately its January level. Only in industry, the indicator is reduced.
Friday, 8 February 2019 - 11:00
In January 2019, the total consumer confidence indicator increases by 1.9 percentage points compared to its October 2018 level, as for the urban population the increase is 1.0 percentage point and for the rural population - 2.9 percentage points.
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - 11:00
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.
Friday, 28 December 2018 - 11:00
In December 2018, the total business climate indicator decreases by 0.5 percentage points in comparison with the previous month as a result of the more unfavourable business climate in industry.
Thursday, 29 November 2018 - 11:00
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.
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 11:00
The investment business inquiry of NSI carried out among industrial enterprises in October 2018 shows that the entrepreneurs expect the investments in the current year to be with 12.7% less in comparison with the previous 2017. The forecasts over 2019 are for a decrease of the volume of investments in industry by 8.7% compared to 2018.
Wednesday, 7 November 2018 - 11:00
In October 2018, the total consumer confidence indicator decreases by 3.2 percentage points in comparison with to July, which is due to the decreased confidence among both urban and rural inhabitants.
Monday, 29 October 2018 - 11:00
In October 2018, the total business climate indicator decreases by 1.9 percentage points compared to the previous month as a result of the more unfavourable conjuncture in the industry, retail trade and service sector.