Bulgarian exports to other European Union countries rose by 34.6% in the January-September period, adding up to 18.1 billion levs ($12.26 billion/9.25 billion euro).
The country's main trading partners remained Germany, Romania, Italy, Greece and Belgium, which jointly accounted for 67% of total exports during the nine-month period, the National Statistics Institute said.
The biggest increase was registered in exports to Malta and Denmark, while those to Slovenia registered a decline. In September alone, exports to the EU increased by 22.7% year-on-year and exceeded 2.0 billion levs.
Bulgarian exports to non-EU countries during the first nine months of 2011 increased by 30.4% on the year, as the most significant growth was registered in trade with Ukraine, Georgia and Canada.