Retail sales in Bulgaria rose 23.9 percent year-on-year in May of 2021, following a 25.9 percent increase in the previous month which was the largest record for Bulgaria’s retail trade activity. Sales advanced less for non-food products (32.0 percent vs 40.5 percent in April), particularly for textile, clothing & footwear (113.9 percent vs 190.1 percent) and automotive fuel in specialised stores (26.9 percent vs 41.2 percent) while it grew faster for food, beverages & tobacco (13.1 percent vs 6.0 percent). On a seasonally adjusted basis, retail trade picked up 1.4 percent, followed by an upwardly revised 1.4 percent gain in the previous month. source: National Statistical Institute, Bulgaria

Retail Sales YoY in Bulgaria averaged 6.25 percent from 2001 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 25.90 percent in April of 2021 and a record low of -20.60 percent in May of 2020. This page provides - Bulgaria Retail Sales YoY - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Bulgaria Retail Sales YoY - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2021.

Retail Sales YoY in Bulgaria is expected to be 17.30 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales YoY in Bulgaria to stand at 6.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Bulgaria Retail Sales YoY is projected to trend around 6.00 percent in 2022 and 4.50 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Bulgaria Retail Sales YoY

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
23.90 25.90 25.90 -20.60 2001 - 2021 percent Monthly
2015=100, WDA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-04-09 08:00 AM Feb -0.5% -4.4% -1.3%
2021-05-10 08:00 AM Mar 17.3% -0.5% 11.8%
2021-06-10 08:00 AM Apr 25.9% 17.3% 25%
2021-07-09 08:00 AM May 23.9% 25.9% 18.9%
2021-08-10 08:00 AM Jun 23.9% 17.5%
2021-09-10 08:00 AM Jul
2021-10-08 08:00 AM Aug
2021-11-10 09:00 AM Sep


News Stream
Bulgaria Retail Trade Growth Slows in May
Retail sales in Bulgaria rose 23.9 percent year-on-year in May of 2021, following a 25.9 percent increase in the previous month which was the largest record for Bulgaria’s retail trade activity. Sales advanced less for non-food products (32.0 percent vs 40.5 percent in April), particularly for textile, clothing & footwear (113.9 percent vs 190.1 percent) and automotive fuel in specialised stores (26.9 percent vs 41.2 percent) while it grew faster for food, beverages & tobacco (13.1 percent vs 6.0 percent). On a seasonally adjusted basis, retail trade picked up 1.4 percent, followed by an upwardly revised 1.4 percent gain in the previous month.
2021-07-09
Bulgaria Retail Trade Growth Accelerates in March
Retail sales in Bulgaria jumped 17.3 percent year-on-year in March of 2021, the first increase in 13 months and the biggest gain since July of 2007, due to a low base effect from last year when the coronavirus pandemic abruptly dragged retail sales down. Biggest increases were seen in sales of non-food products (34 percent vs 4.7 percent), namely for textiles, clothing and footwear (131.3 percent vs 1.6 percent) and sales rebounded for auto fuel (24.8 percent vs -15.1 percent). In contrast, retail sales of food, beverage & tobacco continued to decline (-2.3 percent vs -0.6 percent). On a monthly basis, retail trade advanced 0.8 percent, after a downwardly revised 0.1 percent fall in the previous month.
2021-05-10
Bulgaria Retail Sales Edge Lower in February
Bulgaria's retail trade edged down 0.5 percent over a year earlier in February of 2021, following a 4.4 percent fall in the previous month. It was the eleventh consecutive decline in retail activity, but the smallest since the onset of the pandemic. Sales declined less for fuel (-15.1 percent vs -21.8 percent in January) and rebounded for non-food products (4.7 percent vs -2.9 percent), while sales of food, beverages & tobacco shrank at a faster pace (-7.0 percent vs -1.5 percent). Meantime, online sales continued to surge (33.3 percent vs 23.5 percent). On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, retail trade advanced 3.0 percent, easing from an upwardly revised 3.4 percent jump in the prior month.
2021-04-09
Bulgaria Retail Sales Fall at Slower Pace in January
Bulgaria's retail trade shrank 3.9 percent over a year earlier in January of 2021, following a downwardly revised 10.7 percent fall in the previous month. It was the eleventh consecutive decline in retail activity, but the smallest in the current sequence that began in March. Sales declined for non-food products (-1.9 percent vs -8.2 percent), namely textiles, clothing and footwear (-27.3 percent vs -46.1 percent) and auto fuel (-21.8 percent vs -27 percent). In contrast, sales for food, beverages and tobacco went up 2.2 percent, after a 7.6 percent fall in December. On a monthly basis, retail trade advanced 1.8 percent, after decreasing 1.3 percent in the previous month.
2021-03-10

Bulgaria Retail Sales YoY
In Bulgaria, the year-over-year change in Retail sales compares the aggregated sales of retail goods and services during a certain month to the same month a year ago.