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Economic growth edges up in Q2

In the second quarter, the economy expanded 3.6% over the same period last year, according to preliminary data released on 28 August. The print came in slightly above the 3.5% year-on-year growth registered in the first quarter. Growth was fairly broad-based with contributions from both domestic demand and the external sector.



Total consumption recorded a 4.2% expansion over the previous year in Q2 (Q1: +4.3% year-on-year). Fixed investment dropped 0.9% yoy in Q2, which was a significant improvement on the 4.6% contraction registered in Q1.



On the external side of the economy, export growth accelerated from a 5.8% expansion in annual terms in Q1 to a 6.1% increase in Q2. Meanwhile, imports registered a 7.0% yearly expansion (Q1: +7.1% yoy). As a result, the external sector made a positive contribution, after having subtracted from growth in Q1.



More detailed data will be released on 5 September.

The Ministry of Finance expects the economy to expand 2.5% in 2017. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect GDP to expand 3.5% in 2017, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2018, panelists see the economy growing 3.3%.

Bulgaria - GDP Data

2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  
Economic Growth (GDP, annual variation in %)0.2  1.3  2.4  3.6  3.4  

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Bulgaria GDP
Note: Annual variation of gross domestic product (GDP) in %.
Source: National Statistical Insitute (NSI) and FocusEconomics calculations

Bulgaria Facts

ValueChangeDate
Bond Yield1.750.0 %Sep 21
Exchange Rate1.640.86 %Sep 21
Stock Market6790.15 %Sep 21

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