September saw the government enjoy an unexpected surplus of NIS 1 billion (approx. $280 million) in its budget, according to the Treasury.
According to Yedioth Ahronoth, the surplus beat predictions of a deficit to that effect. Analysts believe September's surplus was the result of higher tax revenue.
The government experienced a NIS 1.3 billion ($360 million) surplus domestically, while its foreign activities saw a NIS 400 million ($110.6 million) deficit.
The government's budget deficit for the period between January and September 2010 came to NIS 13.6 billion ($3.76 billion), compared with NIS 23.2 billion ($6.42 billion) for the corresponding period in 2009.
The data, according to the Treasury, mean 2010's deficit will be significantly smaller that the predicted and is unlikely to exceed 4%.
Government expenditures totaled NIS 19.9 billion ($5.5 billion) in September.
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