Gov't budget balance posts $14 bln gap in Jan-May
The Turkish central government registered a budget deficit of 90.1 billion Turkish liras (some $14 billion) in January-May, the country's Treasury and Finance Ministry reported on June 15.
Turkey's budget revenue reached 389.1 billion Turkish liras ($60.8 billion) in the first five months of the year, up 12 percent year-on-year.
Budget expenditures rose 15.7 percent on an annual basis to hit 479.2 billion Turkish liras (74.9 billion) from January to May -- marking a 90.1 billion Turkish lira (some $60.8 billion) gap.
The budget balance, excluding interest payments, posted a deficit of 25.1 billion Turkish liras ($4 billion) in the first five months of 2020.
Official figures showed that revenue from taxes surged 6.7 percent to 280.5 billion Turkish liras ($43.9 billion), while interest payments were 65 billion Turkish liras ($10.1 billion) over the same period.
In May, the budget balance also saw a deficit of 17.3 billion Turkish liras ($2.5 billion).
Turkey's budget revenues totaled 68.1 billion Turkish liras ($9.9 billion) last month, down 4.8 percent on a yearly basis.
Budget expenditures in May were 55.2 billion Turkish liras ($8 billion), a rise of 2.2 percent annually.
Excluding interest payments, the central government budget balance saw a gap of 7.6 billion Turkish liras ($1 billion) last month.
The average U.S. dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate in May was $6.94, while one dollar traded for 6.41 liras on average in the first five months of 2020.