According to the preliminary data, in December 2019 the index of production in section ‘Construction’ calculated on the base of seasonally adjusted data was 0.7% below the level of the previous month. In December 2019 the working day adjusted index of production in construction also decreased by 0.7% in comparison with the same month of 2018.
In 2019 the exports of goods from Bulgaria to third countries increased by 4.4% compared to 2018 and amounted to 19 130.4 Million BGN while the imports of goods from third countries decreased by 11.9% and added up to 20 245.7 Million BGN.
In 2019 the total value of all exported goods to third countries and EU amounted to 57 901.4 Million BGN, which is 3.3% more than the previous year, while the total value of all imported goods from third countries and EU added up to 61 272.8 Million BGN and dropped by 2.5%.
In the period January - November 2019 the Bulgarian exports to the EU grew by 3.4 % compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 36 223.9 Million BGN while the imports from the EU increased by 2.7% and reached 37 818.3 Million BGN.
In November 2019 the exports to the EU grew by 3.2 % compared to the corresponding month of the previous year and amounted to 3 542.8 Million BGN while the imports increased by 3.0% and added up to 3 705.6 Million BGN.
In January 2020, the total consumer confidence indicator decreases by 0.5 percentage points in comparison with its October 2019 level, which is due entirely to the decreased confidence among the urban population.
According to preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute in the fourth quarter of 2019 the number of newly built residential buildings was 1 057 and the newly built dwellings in them were 4 474. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 the buildings were by 335 more (or by 46.4%) and the newly built dwellings in them increased by 2 101 or by 88.5%.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, the municipal authorities issued building permits for construction of 1 512 residential buildings with 7 477 dwellings, of 21 administrative buildings/offices and 1 103 other buildings. The construction of 993 residential buildings with 5 770 dwellings, of 11 administrative buildings/offices and 614 other buildings was started.
In January 2020, the total business climate indicator increases by 1.4 percentage points in comparison with December 2019, which is due to the improved business conjuncture in industry.
Total Producer Price Index in December 2019 remains unchanged compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2018 the prices rose by 3.5%. Producer Price Index on Domestic Market in December 2019 remains unchanged compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2018 the domestic prices grew by 4.5%.
In November 2019 compared to October 2019 an increase is reported for the production of electricity - by 11.6%. During the same period, a decrease is reported for the production of solid fuels - by 14.5%, liquefied petroleum gases - by 7.7%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 6.4%, transport diesel - by 9.5% and natural gas - by 50.0%.
In November 2019 compared to October 2019 an increase is reported for the deliveries of unleaded motor gasoline - by 11.1%, natural gas - by 41.5% and electricity - by 7.8%. During the same period, a decrease is reported for the deliveries of solid fuels - by 14.5%, liquefied petroleum gases - by 10.3%, and transport diesel - by 14.8%.
In December 2019, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 529.3 thousand or by 10.6% above the registered in December 2018. The trips with other purposes (as a guest, education and visit the cultural and sport events) in December 2019 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - 48.1%, followed by those with holiday and recreation purposes - 28.5%, and with professional purpose - 23.4%.
In December 2019, the number of arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria was 673.4 thousand or by 8.6% more in comparison with December 2018. In December 2019, the predominant share of the visits with other purposes was 46.9%, followed by trips with holiday and recreation purpose - 34.9%, and with professional purpose - 18.2%.