Turkey’s government budget runs $4.85B deficit in Q1

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by Anadolu Agency

The Turkish central government budget balance posted a TL 29.6 billion ($4.85 billion) deficit in the January-March period, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced Wednesday.

The country’s budget revenues totaled TL 255.75 billion in the first three months of this year, rising 17% from the same period last year.

Budget expenditures rose 12.1% to hit TL 285.3 billion, marking a $4.85 billion deficit.

The budget balance, excluding interest payments, saw a surplus of TL 8.67 billion in the first quarter.

Official figures showed that tax revenues surged 14.1% to TL 176.1 billion, while interest payments were TL 38.25 billion over the same period.

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