Bulgaria’s GDP grew by 3.5% in the first quarter which was slightly below the 3.6% annual GDP growth in 2017. Similarly to 2017, domestic demand remained the main engine of growth, but overall it seems that the economic cycle has passed its peak. Given the expectations for weakening external demand and the existing labour shortages, the short-term prospects are for some moderation in economic growth. Nevertheless, GDP growth should stay in the range of 3.0-3.5% per annum in the coming years.

map Bulgaria
Main Economic Indicators201520162017201820192020
Population, 1000 persons717871287076...
GDP, real change in %
GDP per capita (EUR at PPP)137001420014700...
Gross industrial production, real change in %
Unemployment rate - LFS, in %, average9.
Average gross monthly wages, EUR449485542...
Consumer prices, % p.a.-1.1-
Fiscal balance in % of GDP-
Public debt in % of GDP26.029.025.4...
Current account in % of GDP0.
FDI inflow, EUR mn243014741447...
Gross external debt in % of GDP74.071.166.0...

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Monthly Report No. 6/2018

Vasily Astrov, Rumen Dobrinsky, Richard Grieveson, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Peter Havlik, Gabor Hunya, Sebastian Leitner, Isilda Mara, Olga Pindyuk, Leon Podkaminer, Sandor Richter and Hermine Vidovic
wiiw Monthly Report No. 6, June 2018
27 pages including 1 Table and 1 Figure



BULGARIA: Growth continues but may be close to the limits

Rumen Dobrinsky
in: Riding the Global Growth Wave
wiiw Forecast Report No. Spring 2018, March 2018 , pp. 81-85
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