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 primary surplus of 2.1 bln in 2-month on large underspend in Feb
The budget primary balance posted a surplus of 2.12 billion euros in the 2-month period of 2017, 25.6 percent lower than the respective figure of 2.85 billion in the corresponding period last year, the Finance Ministry’s (MoF) preliminary budget execution bulletin revealed on Tuesday.
This year’s primary surplus beat the target by 1.26 billion. This largely reflects primary expenditure coming in 866 million below the target, coupled with a gross revenue (revenues before tax refunds) outperformance of 517 million.
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