Bulgaria's 5-mo trade gap widens to 1.4 bln euro - stats office

Bulgaria's 5-mo trade gap widens to 1.4 bln euro - stats office

Bulgaria's trade deficit increased to some 2.8 billion levs ($1.7 billion/1.4 billion euro) in the first five months of 2021, compared to a gap of 1.6 billion levs in the same period of last year, the statistical office said on Tuesday, citing preliminary data.

Five-month exports (FOB) rose 19.4% on the year to about 26.4 billion levs, while imports (CIF) added 23.1% to 29.2 billion levs, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said in a statement.

In May alone, Bulgaria's trade gap widened to 906.6 million levs, from 242.9 million levs in the comparable month of 2020, as exports went up 32.3% to 5.1 billion levs, whereas imports jumped 46.7% to about 6 billion levs.

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