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INDICATORS - Bulgaria - Updated May 10

(Updates with March industrial output and industrial sales data) New items are marked by asterisk (*) -------------------------------------------------------------- GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT Q4/09 FY/09 Q3/09 Q4/08 FY/08 y/y pct chng -5.9 -5.0 -5.4 +3.5 +6.0 bln levs 17.92 66.26 18.06 18.69 66.73 --------------------------------------------------------------- BULGARIAN CONSUMER PRICES MARCH/10 FEB/10 MARCH/09 m/m pct change +0.2 +0.6 -0.2 y/y pct change +1.3 +0.9 +4.9 --------------------------------------------------------------- EU HARMONISED PRICE INFLATION MARCH/10 FEB/10 MARCH/09 m/m pct change +0.4 +0.3 -0.3 y/y pct change +2.4 +1.7 +4.0 --------------------------------------------------------------- UNEMPLOYMENT RATE MARCH/10 FEB/10 MARCH/09 monthly total 375,607 380,244 254,899 pct of workforce 10.14 10.26 6.88 --------------------------------------------------------------- PRODUCER PRICE INFLATION MARCH/10 FEB/10 MARCH/09 m/m pct change +1.3 -0.2 +1.1 y/y pct change +2.8 +2.5 -1.1 --------------------------------------------------------------- *INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT MARCH/10 FEB/10 (revised) MARCH/09 m/m pct change +21.1 -3.8 +8.0 y/y pct change +1.7 -10.0 -16.9 ---------------------------------------------------------------- *INDUSTRIAL SALES MARCH/10 FEB/10 (revised) MARCH/09 m/m pct change +18.8 +1.2 +3.7 y/y pct change +8.8 -5.2 -20.0 --------------------------------------------------------------- *GROSS FOREIGN DEBT (in million euros) END-FEB/10 END-JAN/10 END-FEB/09 (revised) GROSS FOREIGN DEBT 37,011.8 37,295.8 37,126.2 LONG-TERM DEBT 24,756.6 24,859.9 24,148.4 SHORT-TERM DEBT 12,255.1 12,435.8 12,977.8 PUBLIC DEBT&STATE GUARANTEED LOANS 4,240.9 4,221.2 3,937.0 PRIVATE FOREIGN DEBT 32,770.8 33,074.5 33,189.2 PUBLIC FOREIGN DEBT 2,859.0 2,851.6 2,548.4 COMMERCIAL BANKS DEBT 7,712.6 7,899.0 8,769.8 PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CORPORATE DEBT 12,011.5 12,033.3 12,026.0 FDI: INTER-FIRM DEBT 14,428.7 14,511.9 13,782.1 FOREIGN DEBT/PCT OF GDP 107.3 108.1 109.6 DEBT SERVICE/PCT OF GDP 3.2 2.0 4.1 SHORT-TERM/TOTAL DEBT (PCT) 33.1 33.3 35.0 --------------------------------------------------------------- BALANCE OF PAYMENTS (in million euros) FEB/10 JAN-FEB/10 JAN-FEB/09 CURRENT ACCOUNT 87.9 -155.3 -864.9 TRADE BALANCE -134.8 -310.6 -693.9 exports, FOB 973.0 1,891.4 1,714.0 imports, FOB -1,107.9 -2,202.1 -2,407.9 SERVICES, net 46.3 41.9 13.3 INCOME, net -22.6 -136.5 -361.2 TRANSFERS, net change 199.1 250.0 176.9 FINANCIAL ACCOUNT* -741.7 -980.7 -462.4 FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT -25.3 28.0 555.0 BNB FOREX RESERVES, net** 426.8 849.7 886.2 OVERALL BALANCE -426.8 -849.7 886.2 C/A DEFICIT AS PCT/GDP n.a 0.5 2.6 NOTES:(*) The financial account includes direct and portfolio investment flows plus foreign loans to government structures and the private sector less balance of payments support, which is part of foreign exchange reserves. (**) A minus sign in the entry denotes an increase, while a plus sign denotes a decrease. --------------------------------------------------------------- CURRENCY BOARD FIXED EXCHANGE RATE 1.95583 levs per euro from July 5, 1999 CENTRAL BANK DAILY LEV/DOLLAR REFERENCE EXCHANGE RATES USED FOR STATISTICAL AND ACCOUNTING PURPOSES --------------------------------------------------------------- * The Finance ministry has made the following forecasts for major economic indicators for 2009. The projections are subject to revision. 2008 and 2007 indicators had been announced by the statistics office, the central bank and the finance ministry: 2010 2009 2008 Budget balance, (pct/GDP) -0.7 -0.76 +3.0 GDP real growth, pct +0.3 -5.0 +6.0 GDP bln levs 68.061 66.256 66.739 EU HARMONISED CPI (end-year) +2.2 +1.8 +7.2 EU HARMONISED CPI (average) +2.3 +2.3 +11.9 Current account deficit (pct/GDP) 8.0 -11.0 -25.4 FDI (bln euro) 3.3 3.0 6.5 --------------------------------------------------------------- To access the following types of news and information on the Reuter Terminal, use the mouse to click on the codes in brackets. Country codes............... Bulgaria country code.......... Economic indicator news....... Reuters News At a Glance... Bulgarian markets - Reuters speed guide..... -------------------------------------------------------------- Keywords: ***INDICATORS BULGARIA*** (sofia newsroom +359-2-939-97-31; fax+359-2-939-9s.com@reuters.net)) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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