|Economic activity groupings||2018*|
|Total||Size of enterprises by number of employed|
|Up to 9||10-49||50 - 249||250+|
|Total||2 207 549||689 665||495 627||463 316||558 941|
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||87 006||34 868||30 414||10 476||11 248|
|Mining and quarrying||21 516||542||1 612||3 585||15 777|
|Manufacturing||542 818||61 817||116 648||169 242||195 111|
|Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply||31 566||2 210||1 711||2 101||25 544|
|Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities||31 890||1 366||3 337||7 178||20 009|
|Construction||144 851||37 160||49 961||43 984||13 746|
|Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles||498 896||241 216||122 743||73 562||61 375|
|Transportation and storage||164 648||46 567||32 319||25 737||60 025|
|Accommodation and food service activities||138 131||55 241||44 092||29 287||9 511|
|Information and communication||105 328||21 699||19 789||24 594||39 246|
|Real estate activities||37 794||25 248||8 491||..||..|
|Professional, scientific and technical activities||109 966||69 489||19 842||11 805||8 830|
|Administrative and support service||110 086||18 018||18 761||25 772||47 535|
|Education||11 685||6 809||2 884||1 992||-|
|Human health and social work activities||107 329||25 444||13 326||23 852||44 707|
|Arts, entertainment and recreation||26 615||9 243||6 317||6 552||4 503|
|Other service activities||37 424||32 728||3 380||..||..|
|'..' Confidential data|
|'-' No case registered|
Employed in enterprises
National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
"Annual business statistics" Department
|Contact person function|
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 153
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||20 November 2013|
|Metadata last posted||20 November 2013|
|Metadata last update||16 January 2014|
The statistical survey of non-financial enterprises provides information by size of enterprises in terms of employed, by the following economic indicators: number of enterprises, number of persons employed, revenues, expenditure and tangible fixed assets.
The annual data of non-financial enterprises are aggregated by sections (the first sign of NACE.BG-2008)
The annual data, grouping by size class: the indicators are published on section level (the first sign of NACE.BG-2008) and by size class of employment.
Annual regional data: Three indicators are published on a regional level by sections (the first sign of NACE.BG-2008 and NACE.BG-2003) and by statistical regions (NUTS).
· Classification of Economic Activities (CEA-2008, for international use NACE.BG-2008) ? in force since 2008;
· Classification of territorial units for statistical purposes in Bulgaria (NUTS).
Non-financial enterprises, classified in sections A to S (excluding K) by NACE.BG-2008 from 2008 onwards.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
The main economic indicators, published in this section are:
The basic unit of survey is an enterprise. The overall main economic indicators and the data by size class of employment are calculated from the annual data of the enterprises.
The enterprise is the smallest organisation unit producing goods or services which makes its own business decisions. The enterprise carries out one or more activities at one or more locations. The enterprise may be an independent legal unit.
The survey is exhaustive and the statistical population includes all non-financial enterprises classified in sections A to S (excluding K) by NACE.BG-2008 from 2008 onwards.
The data refer to the activities of non-financial enterprises carried out in the country.
|Unit of measure|
|Legal acts and other agreements|
|Confidentiality - policy|
Regulation (EC) ? 223/2009 of 11 March 2009 defines common criteria for protection of confidential data and methods for sending the information to and its use by Eurostat. The Law on Statistics ensures the protection of statistical confidentiality and the use of individual data of enterprises for statistical purposes only.
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
The individual (primary) data are confidential according to the Law on Statistics and European legislation. To ensure their protection and inability to be identified, the aggregated indicators are also defined as confidential when:
· Criterion A - the indicator is calculated from one or two enterprises;
· Criterion B - one enterprise forms 85% or more of the total value of this indicator.
The date for publication of statistical information is given in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.
|Release calendar access|
The calendar is available on the NSI website: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480
Data are published on the NSI website and are available to all users of statistical information.
|Frequency of dissemination|
|Accessibility and clarity|
The data are available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Business Statistic;Annual Business Statistics; Other Annual Data; Non-financial Enterprises: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/8228
Information service on request, according to the Rules for dissemination of statistical products and services of NSI.
|Documentation on methodology|
Law for SMEs, national accounting legislation and developed statistical methodology: http://www.nsi.bg/sites/default/files/files/metadata/Methodology_NF_Ent_en.pdf
This includes the improvement of the on-line based information system 'Business statistics', which ensures strict arithmetical and logical input control. The additional output control is made when are registered the big differences in the value of given indicator between two consecutive years or in comparison with the results of other statistical surveys in NSI - Short-term statistics, statistics Prodcom, Foreing trade, Labor force.
This is made in accordance with the standard criteria for assessing the quality - relevance, accuracy and reliability, timeliness, comparability and coherence.
The main users of data are:
· International organisations;
· Interested state institutions under signed agreements;
· Research institutes, universities, economic analysts and students;
· Private non-governmental organisations, agencies, associations, media, etc.;
· Directorates and departments in the NSI.
There has been no study of user satisfaction, but no cases of outstanding requests for information are registered.
Full compliance with the Bulgarian legislation.
|Accuracy and reliability|
The Information of the calculation of economic indicators is based on the annual accounts of non-financial enterprises, as full coherence of the input data is provided.
The survey of non-financial enterprises is exhaustive and there are no sampling errors.
|Timeliness and punctuality|
The deadline for the publication of data on national level is t+11 months for the final data, where t is the reference year.
The deadline under item 15.1 is strictly followed.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
For the country data are comparable.
|Comparability - over time|
The data series are fully comparable for the period 2008 - the last reference year.
|Coherence - cross domain|
|Coherence - internal|
|Cost and burden|
NSI of Bulgaria is making extraordinary efforts to reduce the respondents' burden. An example is the signed agreement called "Single Entry Point" between NSI and the National Revenue Agency for a single providing of the annual reports and using the data from both institutions. Developed by NSI on-line based information system "Business Statistics" and ensured methodological and technical assistance to respondents during the reporting campaign are highly appreciated by respondents and help to reduce their workload.
|Data revision - policy|
The National policy, as well as Eurostat's, allows the revision of already published data if there are serious reasons.
|Data revision - practice|
The revised data replace the already published data as soon as possible after the revision is made.
The main data sources for calculating the economic indicators are:
· Annual Reports of the non-financial enterprises, compiling balance sheets;
· Annual Reports of the non-financial enterprises, non-compiling balance sheets.
|Frequency of data collection|
Exhaustively for all non-financial enterprises.
Data validation is made by additional logical input control and comparison between the output data and the results of the previous year and other surveys, carried out by NSI.
The survey is exhaustive and further data evaluation is not made.
- Number of enterprises
- Employed in enterprises
- Tangible fixed assets
Friday, 30 August 2019 - 11:00
According to preliminary data annual reports on their activity for 2018 were submitted at the National Statistical Institute by 413 162 non-financial enterprises and the number of persons, employed in them, was 2 207 549. These enterprises generated 180 626 million BGN of production value and reported a positive financial result of 17 035 million BGN.
Friday, 31 August 2018 - 11:00
According to preliminary data annual reports on their activity for 2017 were submitted at the National Statistical Institute by 405 933 non-financial enterprises and the number of persons, employed in them, was 2 235 217. These enterprises generated 168 050 million BGN of production value and reported a positive financial result of 16 729 million BGN.