Bulgaria's current account balance reported a surplus of €163.8mn in January-April, reversing a deficit of €436mn in the same period last year, mainly on the back of surging exports that helped narrow the trade gap, preliminary central bank data showed. The four-month surplus is equal to 0.4% of GDP.
The merchandise trade deficit shrank 34.1% y/y to €911.1mn in the first four months of the year as exports jumped 15% y/y to €7.19bn and imports grew 6.1% y/y to €8.1bn. The services surplus climbed 23.2% y/y to €478.3mn. At the same time, the secondary income surplus edged up 2.6% y/y to €877.9mn and the primary income deficit narrowed 5.1% y/y to €281.3mn.
In April alone, the current account gap was €99.1mn versus a shortfall of €289.1mn a year earlier.
In its latest World Economic Outlook report from April, the International Monetary Fund projected a current account surplus of 0.2% of GDP for 2015, reversing into a 0.8% deficit in 2016. The European Commission expects a surplus of 1.3% of GDP this year, edging down to 1.2% of GDP next year.
|Current Account, €mn|
|Goods and Services||-278||-995||-146||-433|
|Source: Central bank|
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