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Bulgaria retail trade slows in September

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Retail sales in Bulgaria rose 8.4% year-on-year in September, after a 12% increase in the previous month, figures released by the National Statistical Institute (NSI) showed on Wednesday.

Sales rose less for food, beverages & tobacco (5.9% vs 10.5% in August), and non-food products (11.8% vs 14.2%), automotive fuel (3.5% vs 8.5%), and audio & video equipment (10.3% vs 10.9%).

In addition, sales declined further for clothing, footwear & leather goods (-7.6% vs -6.2%), and mail order houses or via the internet (-2.8% vs 8.0%). On a monthly basis, retail sales edged up 0.6%, from a 1.4% fall in the previous month.

In a separate report the Sofia-based institute said that industrial production in Bulgaria edged down to 10.5% year-on-year in September from a downwardly revised 10.6% in the previous month. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, industrial production grew 1.6%, easing from an upwardly revised 2.1% increase in August.

Another report showed tha t construction output in the country rose 1% annually in September, easing from a downwardly revised 1.7% increase in the previous month. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, construction output stalled. 

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