Average income per household member increases by 12.7% in Bulgaria

The total income average per household member during the first quarter of 2020 is 1.712 BGN and increases by 12.7% compared to the same quarter of 2019, show National statistical institute latest data.

The highest relative share of income within the total income is this from wages and salaries (58.5%). The relative share of income from pensions is 27.7%, from self-employment – 5.6%.

The relative share of income from wages and salaries increases by 0.9 percentage points (pp) and from social benefits increases by 0.5 pp compared to the first quarter of 2019.

The income from self-employment decreases by 0.8 pp and the income from pensions decreases by 0.2 pp.

The nominal income by source average per capita during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter of 2019 changes as follows:

  • Income from wages and salaries increases from 874 BGN to 1.002 BGN (by 14.6%);
  • Income from pensions increases from 424 BGN to 473 BGN (by 11.6%);
  • Self-employment income is without change – 96 BGN;
  • Income from social benefits increases from 35 BGN to 50 BGN (by 42.2%).

The total expenditure average per household member is 1.486 BGN

The total expenditure average per household member during the first quarter of 2020 is 1.486 BGN and increases by 5.9% in comparison to the same quarter of 2019.

The greatest share in forming the total expenditure has expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages – 31.0% as well as expenditure on housing – 17.4%, taxes and social insurance contributions – 14.7% and transport and communication – 11.6%.

The expenditure by group average per capita changes as absolute values during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter of 2019 as follows:

  • Expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages increases from 423 BGN to 461 BGN (by 9.0%);
  • Expenditure on alcoholic beverages and tobacco increases from 59 BGN to 65 BGN (by 11.6%);
  • Expenditure on clothing and footwear decreases from 42 BGN to 35 BGN (by 17.3%);
  • Expenditure on housing (water, electricity, heating, furnishing and maintenance of the house) increases from 255 BGN to 258 BGN (by 1.3%);
  • Expenditure on health increases from 84 BGN to 102 BGN (by 20.7%);
  • Expenditure on transport and communication increases from 170 BGN to 172 BGN (by 1.0%);
  • Expenditure on recreation, culture and education decreases from 49 BGN to 47 BGN (by 5.2%);
  • Expenditure on taxes and social insurance contributions increases from 196 BGN to 219 BGN (by 11.8%).
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