Bulgaria's Gross External Debt Reaches EUR 20.3 bln

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Bulgaria's Gross External Debt Reaches EUR 20.3 bln

As of end-March 2007 gross external debt was EUR 20,294.1 million (75.9% of GDP) and increased by EUR 624.2 million (3.2%) against the end of 2006 (EUR 19,669.9 million, 78.4% of GDP). By end-March 2007 long-term liabilities amounted to EUR 13,833.5 million (68.2% of total debt), and short-term liabilities came to EUR 6,460.5 million (31.8% of total debt).

General Government foreign debt amounted to EUR 3,397.7 million (12.7% of GDP) as of end-March 2007 decreasing by EUR 267.5 million (7.3%) against the end of December 2006. The decrease is mainly due to repayment of global bonds, issued by the government.

Banks’ foreign debt amounted to EUR 3,469.5 million (13% of GDP) increasing by EUR 88.4 million (2.6%) against the end of 2006. Other Sectors’ debt was EUR 7,558.8 million, increasing by EUR 532.6 million (7.6%) relative to the end of 2006. As of end-March 2007 the stock of the Direct Investment liabilities4 was EUR 5,868.2 million, up by EUR 270.7 million (4.8%) against the end of 2006.

In January – March 2007 gross external debt service was EUR 1,489.5 million (5.6% of GDP) against EUR 1204.2 million (4.8% of GDP) for the same period in 2006.

In January – March 2007 loans and deposits received from nonresidents came to EUR 1,619.8 million (6.1% of GDP) compared to EUR 1,882 million (7.5% of GDP) for the same period in 2006.

As of end-March 2007 net external debt was EUR 7,118.6 million (26.6% of GDP) and increased by EUR 1,148.2 million (19.2%) against the end of 2006 (EUR 5,970.5 million, 23.8% of GDP).

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