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Government generates €190m surplus in first four months

The government generated in the first four months of the year a fiscal surplus of €189.9m on a cash basis against a surplus of €99.4m in the respective period of 2014, the finance ministry said.

The January-to-April surplus was mainly on increased revenue, which rose by €130m, to just under €2.2bn compared with the previous year, the finance ministry said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. Total spending dropped by €59m to €1.9bn.

While direct taxes in the first four months of the year dropped by €15m compared with the respective period of 2016 to €586.9m, the decrease was more than offset mainly by a €100m increase in indirect taxes to €897.1m and a €39m rise in social security contributions to €365.4m, the ministry said.

The drop in spending from January to April was mainly a result of a €66m annual decline in current transfers to €422.5m, a €22m and €15m decrease in subsidies and social security payments to €26.9m and €474.3m respectively, the ministry said. Wages and salaries rose by €12m to €535.6m and expenditure on goods and services rose by €10m to €103.9m.

The primary surplus, which is the difference between total revenue and spending excluding interest payments -they fell by €3m to €105.3m- rose to €292.5m in January to April compared to €200m in the respective period of 2016, the ministry said.

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