Preliminary data of the NSI for the second quarter of 2019 indicate that the total hourly labour cost rose by 11.0% compared to the second quarter of 2018.
The consumer price index in August 2019 compared to July 2019 was 100.1%, i.e. the monthly inflation was 0.1%.
In the period January - July 2019 the exports of goods from Bulgaria to third countries increased by 3.0% compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 10 510.3 Million BGN while the imports of goods from third countries decreased by 2.6% and added up to 12 265.3 Million BGN.
In the period January - July 2019 the total value of all exported goods to third countries and EU amounted to 33 130.4 Million BGN, which is 4.2% more than the same period of 2018, while the total value of all imported goods from third countries and EU added up to 36 100.6 Million BGN and grew by 0.4%.
In the period January - June 2019 the Bulgarian exports to the EU grew by 5.1% compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 19 029.6 Million BGN while the imports from the EU increased by 1.6% and reached 20 102.0 Million BGN.
In June 2019 the exports to the EU decreased by 3.6% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year and amounted to 3 085.8 Million BGN while the imports dropped by 4.8% and added up to 3 272.5 Million BGN.
In 2018 the goods exported from Bulgaria amounted to 56 030.4 Million BGN or 2.6% more than in 2017. The imported goods in 2018 were for 62 875.6 Million BGN (at CIF prices) which is 6.1% more than the previous year.
In July 2019, 3 391 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 141.8 thousand and the bed-places were 324.4 thousand. In comparison with July 2018, the total number of accommodation establishments (functioned during the period) increased by 5.8%, and the bed-places in them - by 3.7%.
The total number of the nights spent in all accommodation establishments registered in July 2019 was 5 952.1 thousand, or by 0.1% more in comparison with the same month of the previous year.
The total revenues from nights spent in July 2019 reached 345.8 million BGN or by 2.9% more compared to July 2018.
According to the preliminary data in July 2019 the Industrial Production Index, seasonally adjusted, rose by 0.8% as compared to June 2019. In July 2019 the working day adjusted Industrial Production Index fell by 0.9% in comparison with the same month of 2018.
According to the preliminary seasonally adjusted data in July 2019 the turnover in ‘Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles’ at constant prices increased by 1.0% compared to the previous month.
According to the preliminary data, in July 2019 the index of production in section ‘Construction’ calculated on the base of seasonally adjusted data was 1.7% above the level of the previous month. In July 2019 the working day adjusted index of production in construction increased by 4.3% in comparison with the same month of 2018.
According to the preliminary data, GDP per person employed increased by 3.5% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of the previous year.