The profits of Bulgarian banks continue their rise. In mid-2019 profits in this sector amounted to 469 million euros, which is 14.6 percent up on last year, the Bulgarian National Bank, BNB says.

The level of non-performing loans is going down. At the end of June, they constituted 7.2 percent, compared to 7.4 percent during the first quarter of 2019. Credits amount to a total of 32 billion euros. There is an increase in loans to households as well as businesses. The Bulgarian National Bank warns that there is a big appetite for credit, but that banks should be cautious when they grant loans and avoid taking excessive risks. The increased debt securities portfolio is seen as a positive indicator. Despite their low profitability, they are a very safe investment for banks, BNR reported.