ISTANBUL

Turkey’s central government budget balance saw a deficit of 92.94 billion Turkish liras ($16.6 billion) in the first 11 months of 2019, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced on Monday.

Turkey’s budget revenues rose 16.1% to hit 802.48 billion Turkish liras ($143.3 billion) year-on-year in January-November 2019, according to official data.

The country’s budget expenditures reached 895.4 billion Turkish liras ($159.9 billion) in the 11-month period, up 20.1% from the same period in 2018.

Excluding interest payments, the budget balance posted a deficit of 12.4 billion Turkish liras ($2.2 billion) in the period, while interest expenditures totaled around 95.77

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