According to the preliminary seasonally adjusted data in August 2019 the turnover in ‘Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles’ at constant prices decreased by 0.3% compared to the previous month.
According to the preliminary data, in August 2019 the index of production in section ‘Construction’ calculated on the base of seasonally adjusted data was 0.2% below the level of the previous month. In August 2019 the working day adjusted index of production in construction increased by 3.4% in comparison with the same month of 2018.
The key indicators are elaborated in accordance with the euro area, European Union and individual Member States indicators system. The analytical document is quarterly updated. Source of the data are the NSI statistical surveys and BNB data.
In September 2019, the total business climate indicator preserves its level from the previous month. An improvement of the indicator is observed in construction, retail trade and service sector, as only in industry a reduction is reported.
Total Producer Price Index in August 2019 increased by 0.3% 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 August 2019 rose by 0.7% compared to the previous month; compared to the same month of 2018 the domestic prices grew by 4.5%.
In July 2019 compared to June 2019 an increase is reported for the production of solid fuels - by 34.9%, liquefied petroleum gases - by 20.0%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 3.9% and electricity - by 16.6%. During the same period, a decrease is reported for the production of transport diesel - by 4.3%. No change for the production of natural gas.
In July 2019 compared to June 2019 an increase is reported for the deliveries of solid fuels - by 34.1%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 18.2%, transport diesel - by 19.3%, natural gas - by 4.0% and electricity - by 6.2%. A decrease is reported for the deliveries of liquefied petroleum gases - by 6.3%.
In August 2019, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 755.4 thousand or by 2.5% above the registered in August 2018. The trips with holiday and recreation purposes in August 2019 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - 45.7%, followed by those with other purposes (as a guest, education and visit the cultural and sport events) - 40.3%, and with professional purpose - 14.0%.
In August 2019, the number of arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria was 2 325.2 thousand or by 3.8% more in comparison with August 2018. In August 2019, the predominant share of the visits with holiday and recreation purpose was 56.8%, followed by trips with other purposes - 35.8%, and with professional purpose - 7.4%.
In 2017, Bulgaria spent 17 195.7 million BGN for social protection. Тo finance social protection in the country, 7 880.3 million BGN were allocated from the state budget while the receipts of social protection contributions amounted to 10 531.4 million BGN.
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%.