Imports in Bulgaria have been decreasing steadily, reflecting shrunken consumption and economic slow-down, National Statistical Institute data show. Imports (including transport costs) in the second quarter of 2013 declined 4.3%, year on year. A slighter drop, 1%, was registered for the first half of the year.
The performance of Bulgarian export-oriented companies was mixed, the data show. Total exports decreased 0.7% in June, as sales in the EU went up 1.3%, while exports to third countries dropped 3.4%. Exports to both the EU and the rest of the world declined in May but increased in April.Read more in Bulgarian here.