GDP grew by 3.5% in the first half of 2016, at the same rate as in the previous year. Growth remained relatively balanced, with both private consumption and exports lending impetus. The continuing upturn contributed to a cyclical improvement in the fiscal position and a large headline surplus. Moderate GDP growth is likely to continue in the short term; it is projected to be around 3% per annum over the period 2016-2018.

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Main Economic Indicators201420152016201720182019
Population, 1000 persons.722471787150...
GDP, real change in %
GDP per capita (EUR at PPP)128001360014200...
Gross industrial production, real change in %
Unemployment rate - LFS, in %, average11.
Average gross monthly wages, EUR420449491...
Consumer prices, % p.a.-1.6-1.1-
Fiscal balance in % of GDP-5.5-1.7-1.0...
Public debt in % of GDP27.026.029.0...
Current account in % of GDP0.
FDI inflow, EUR mn153916611088...
Gross external debt in % of GDP92.075.372.6...

Basic data are continuously updated.

* Forecasts are changed beginning of March, July and November.
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Monthly Report No. 1/2017

Rumen Dobrinsky, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Gabor Hunya and Leon Podkaminer
wiiw Monthly Report No. 1,
45 pages including 1 Table and 33 Figures



BULGARIA: Upturn in private consumption supports moderate growth

Rumen Dobrinsky
in: Labour Shortages Driving Economic Growth?
wiiw Forecast Report No. Autumn 2016, , pp. 54-57
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