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The industrial future of south-central Bulgaria

The industrial future of south-central Bulgaria

Stara Zagora’s coal-powered energy sector faces uncertain prospects, but local industrial zones have economic potential



Bulgarian banks weather stormy year in 2020

Bulgarian banks weather stormy year in 2020

The financial sector got a reprieve for the coronavirus crisis but risks are yet to come in 2021


Where would the economy be without EU funds

Where would the economy be without EU funds

Bulgaria’s GDP was 16.7% higher last year, compared with 2013. Half of the increase is owed to money coming from the EU


The office market: Less rent, less construction

The office market: Less rent, less construction

Vacant office space in Sofia reached a five-year high of 13% in 2020


Promises, promises: How will Bulgaria look like according to the economic programs of the parties

Promises, promises: How will Bulgaria look like according to the economic programs of the parties

The main parties’ pledges in the fields of taxation, finance, pensions, energy and business development policy


The curious case of Bulgarian consumption

The curious case of Bulgarian consumption

The central bank questioned the accuracy of the statistical office’s estimates of Bulgarian household spending in 2020


The small industrial powerhouse in northern Bulgaria

The small industrial powerhouse in northern Bulgaria

Located right in the center of the country, Gabrovo’s industry-heavy economy is among the leaders in terms of GDP per capita, but ailing demographics are still a challenge that needs to be addressed


Nikos Stathopoulos: An editorial board outside of Bulgaria will guarantee Nova TV’s independence

Nikos Stathopoulos: An editorial board outside of Bulgaria will guarantee Nova TV’s independence

BC Partners' executive talks to Capital about the acquisition of BTC telecom and the media group


Wealthier, spending less and slowly recovering: the Bulgarian economy at the end of 2020

Wealthier, spending less and slowly recovering: the Bulgarian economy at the end of 2020

Unsurprisingly, GDP shrank in the fourth quarter. Wages were up, exports made a surprising comeback in December, and deflation will return for a while



The economy of Bulgaria’s regions: Sofia and all the rest

The economy of Bulgaria’s regions: Sofia and all the rest

Economic centers start to gain speed across the country but the capital continues to soar far ahead



A post-COVID economy

A post-COVID economy

What comes after the ups and downs of the Bulgarian pandemic cycle in 2020


The ghost of bad loans in a COVID-hit economy

The ghost of bad loans in a COVID-hit economy

Over 4.65 billion euro worth of loans have received a deferral under Bulgaria's credit moratorium by the end of August


In focus: The smaller economies of northern Bulgaria

In focus: The smaller economies of northern Bulgaria

The economic indicators of the regions of Shumen and Targovishte lag behind national averages but population trends are optimistic


Mortgage lending did not bend to the pandemic

Mortgage lending did not bend to the pandemic

The overall property loan volume in Bulgaria grew in 2020 as demand remained high even during the pandemic


Small businesses’ big crisis

Small businesses’ big crisis

Small firms which make up more than 90% of companies in Bulgaria, were hit hardest by the Covid-19 crisis


The pressure below surface

The pressure below surface

Bulgarian banks remained profitable in the first three quarters of 2020 despite the coronavirus impact but with the expiry of the credit moratorium drawing nearer pressure will likely increase on profit margins in the coming months


Bulgaria’s GDP: Nowhere to go but up

Bulgaria’s GDP: Nowhere to go but up

The sharpest economic drop on record was expected to be followed by a quick recovery. The third quarter is not looking so good though.