Budget primary surplus at 3.05 bln in 7-month, above target on underspend
Building activity up by 45.7 pct in May, highest since Dec 2005
Eurosystem funding drops by 3.9 bln in July on big decline in ELA
Unemployment at 21.7 pct in May after revised April figure
CPI up by 1 pct in July for seventh straight rise
Car sales increase by 28.3 pct in July
Budget execution starts 2017 with primary balance outperformance on target-beating revenues
The budget primary balance recorded a surplus of 1.02 billion euros in the first month of 2017, broadly similar to that posted a year ago, the Finance Ministry (MoF) preliminary budget execution bulletin revealed on Tuesday.
This year’s primary surplus outperformed the target by 342 million, largely reflecting higher than expected revenues (by 340 million), while primary expenditure and Public Investment Budget (PIB) balance came in 58 and 41 million lower than target.
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