Bulgaria's gross domestic product (GDP) rose by a quarterly 0.2% between April and July after staying flat in the first three months of the year, a seasonally-adjusted flash estimate of the statistics office indicated on Tuesday.
In annual terms, the country's economy expanded by a seasonally-adjusted 0.5%, following a similar increase in the previous quarter, the National Statistics Office (NSI) said in a statement.
In nominal terms GDP in the second quarter totalled 19.077 billion levs ($12.1 billion/9.8 billion euro), NSI said, without providing comparative figures.
Last year Bulgaria's economy expanded by a real 1.7%, compared to a revised increase of 0.4% in 2010.
The government in Sofia has projected real economic growth of 2.3% in the 2012 state budget. It expects the country's economy to grow by between 2.5% and 4.0% annually in the 2013-2015 period.
NSI started publishing seasonally-adjusted quarterly GDP data in September 2010 in order to provide a better base for macroeconomic analyses.