Bulgaria's foreign trade deficit stood at BGN 2.57bn (EUR 1.3bn) at end-June 2013, which was BGN 1.77bn less (a 41% y/y decline) than a year earlier, preliminary data of the statistics office showed. Exports grew by 7.8% y/y to BGN 20.8bn in the first six months of the year, while imports fell by 1.1% to BGN 23.3bn. The trade gap accounted for 3.21% of the full-year GDP projection, down from 5.6% a year earlier.
The growth of imports has been higher than the one of exports in the pre-crisis years but following the economic slow down the relation started to reverse gradually due to low domestic demand. Exports outperformed imports in each of the months since January 2013 till now.
However, latest data showed that both exports and imports fell in June - by 0.7% y/y and 3.5% y/y, respectively. This is the second month in a row in which both trade flows post a decline. In May, exports decreased 9.1% y/y and imports shrank 11.7% y/y.
Bulgaria's Jan-June the trade deficit with the EU decreased by 33.1% y/y to BGN 1.6bn and that with non-EU states shrank 50% y/y to BGN 972.7mn.
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