Sales mainly eased for non-food products excluding fuel (4.4% vs 8.8% in November) and textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods (32.1% vs 55.7%).

Sales also slowed for audio and video equipment (8.7% vs 16.6%) and information & communication equipment (2.1% vs 7.4%), while trade dropped further for computer, peripheral units & software (-5.2% vs -4.4%) and in dispensing chemists (-6.4% vs -6%).

On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, retail sales edged up by 0.1%, easing sharply from a downwardly revised 2.1% growth in November.

The Sofia-based institute citing preliminary and seasonally-adjusted data said, that industrial production growth in Bulgaria slowed to 2.1% in December, from a revised 4.9% in November. On a monthly basis, industrial output fell by 0.8% in December, after climbing by 0.7% in November.

Data also showed that construction output in Bulgaria fell an annual 4.3% in December, following a downwardly revised 1.4% rise in November. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, construction output fell 1.6%, following a 0.7% decline in the previous month.