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Peru: Annual fiscal deficit down to 1.7% of GDP in April 2019

09:00 | Lima, May. 18.

The fiscal deficit accumulated in the last 12 months decreased to 1.7% of GDP last April, Peru's Central Reserve Bank (BCR) has reported.

In April, the non-financial public sector recorded an economic surplus of S/3.38 billion (US$1.018 billion), down S/183 million (US$55.153 million) compared to the same month in 2018.

According to BCR, Tax revenues increased 3.4% in the analyzed month, compared to April last year. 

This increase is explained by the economic growth, as well as by special revenues from tax amnesty, tax regularization, and fines. In contrast, there was a decrease in the non-tax revenues (8.7%).  

On the other hand, the non-financial expenditure of the general government grew 7.8% in April compared to the same month in 2018.

Likewise, the current expenditure increased 3.3% and gross capital formation rose 24.6%, highlighting the dynamism in local governments.

Between January and April 2019, the non-financial public sector accumulated a surplus of S/9.709 billion (US$2.926 billion).

It must be noted that surplus registered in the first months is seasonal due to income tax regularization and the start of the budget expenditure cycle.  

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Published: 5/18/2019
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