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Iran Budget Deficit Grows 17% YOY to Hit $3.8b

Iran Budget Deficit Grows 17% YOY to Hit $3.8bIran Budget Deficit Grows 17% YOY to Hit $3.8b

Iran’s budget deficit came in bigger than expected in the first nine months of the current fiscal year (March 21-Dec. 21, 2018) to hit 451.1 trillion rials ($3.8 billion), latest data released by the Central Bank of Iran show. 
The shortfall, which was larger than the budget’s forecast of 243.9 trillion rials ($2.05 billion) for the nine-month period, registered an increase of 17% and 5.7% compared with the same period of last year and the eight-month period’s figure, respectively. 
The eight-month budget deficit (March 21-Nov. 21, 2018) stood at 426.5 trillion rials ($3.6 billion), 7.8% higher year-on-year.
To cover the deficit, the government sold 8.7% more bonds—a total of 653.7 trillion rials ($5.52 billion)—in the nine-month period year-on-year.

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