The Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria amounted to EUR 2,630.3 million (7.8% of GDP) for January - November 2009, compared to EUR 6,049.8 million (17.7% of GDP) attracted in January - November 2008, preliminary data of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) show.
The attracted Equity Capital (acquisition/disposal of shares and equities in cash and contributions in kind by non-residents in/from the capital and reserves of Bulgarian enterprises and receipts/payments from/for real estate deals in the country) for January - November 2009 amounted to EUR 1,912 million, which was 72.7% of the foreign direct investment. It decreased by EUR 1104.8 million compared to that attracted in the same period of 2008 (EUR 3,016.8 million, 49.9% of total foreign direct investment).
The receipts from real estate investments of non-residents amounted to EUR 489.8 million compared to EUR 1,277.6 million for January - November 2008.
The other capital, net (the change in the net liabilities of the direct investment enterprise to the direct investor on financial loans, suppliers' credits and debt securities) was positive, amounting to EUR 430.9 million in January - November 2009, compared to a net other capital amounting to EUR 2,532.8 million in the same period of 2008.
According to preliminary data, the Reinvested Earnings (the share of non-residents in the undistributed earnings/ loss of the enterprise) in January - November 2009 are estimated at EUR 287.4 million compared to EUR 500.3 million in the same period of 2008.
By country, the largest investments in Bulgaria for the reporting period were those of the Netherlands (32.9% of the total foreign direct investment), Germany (11.9%) and Austria (9.4%).
According to preliminary data in January - November 2009 Direct investment abroad increased by EUR 107.9 million compared to an increase of EUR 477.2 million in January - November 2008. The equity capital invested abroad in January - November 2009 amounted to EUR 88.6 million, compared to EUR 501.5 million in January - November 2008.