Bulgaria's exports to the EU member states fell by 2.1% through August and totalled 15.7 billion levs ($10.2 billion/8.03 billion euro), with main trade partners being Germany, Italy, Romania and Greece, data from the country's statistics office showed.
In the January-August period, Bulgarian imports from EU countries amounted to 19.3 billion levs, up by 12%, the National Statistics Institute (NSI) said in a statement on Friday.
In August alone, exports to EU dropped by an annual 11.3% to 2.0 billion levs, while imports were 9.6% higher on the year and added up to 2.2 billion levs.
The foreign trade balance with the EU reached a deficit of 3.6 billion levs through August.
Foreign trade balance with third countries in the nine months through September was also negative, as the Balkan country posted a 3.06 billion levs deficit, formed by 12.4 billion levs in exports and 15.4 billion levs in imports.