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Household income in Bulgaria up by 3.5 per cent in first quarter of 2017 - NSI

Household income in Bulgaria up by 3.5 per cent in first quarter of 2017 - NSI
The total income average per household member in Bulgaria during the first quarter of 2017 was 1281 leva (about 655 euro), an increase of 3.5 per cent over the first quarter of 2016, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said.

Most of this income, 55.5 per cent, was from wages and salaries, the NSI said.

The relative share of income from pensions was 29.1 per cent, from self-employment 5.6 per cent and from social benefits 3.2 per cent.

The relative share of income from wages and salaries decreased by 1.6 percentage points compared to the first quarter of 2016 and the income from pensions increased by 2.6 percentage points.

The total expenditure average per household member during the first quarter of 2017 was 1133 leva an increase of 2.1 per cent in comparison with the first quarter of 2016.

Among spending items, the largest was food, 30.5 per cent, followed by housing, 20.1 per cent, taxes and social security contributions, 13.4 per cent, and transport and communications, 11 per cent, the NSI said.

Bulgarians spent very slightly less on food and non-alcoholic beverages, by 0.66 percentage points, one percentage point less on transport and communication, while spending on housing went up by two percentage points.

The consumption of main food products average per household member during the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter of 2016 did not change considerably, the NSI said.

Consumption of eggs went up, according to the NSI, but only from 33 to 34. Consumption of yoghurt was up, from 6.2kg to 6.4kg. At the same time, there was a more significant decrease in the consumption of vegetables, from 10.4 kg to 9.1 kg, of fruit, from 10.4 kg to 9.9 kg and of milk, from 4.7 litres to 4.2 litres, according to the statistics institute./ΙΒΝΑ

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