UK Budget Deficit Best Since February 2007

Britain’s public finances are on a roll but officials don’t expect the good news to last.

The budget deficit last month was 1.8 billion pounds ($2.2 billion), the best performance for any February since 2007, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. Revenue surged 7.1 percent from a year earlier and spending rose just 0.5 percent.

It left the deficit in the first 11 months of the fiscal year at 47.8 billion pounds, comfortably on course to achieve the Office for Budget Responsibility’s full-year forecast of 51.7 billion pounds.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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