U.S. government posts $234 billion deficit in February

FILE PHOTO:  A guard walks in front of a Federal Reserve image before press conference in Washington
FILE PHOTO: A security guard walks in front of an image of the Federal Reserve following the two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy meeting in Washington, DC, U.S. on March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

March 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. federal government posted a $234 billion budget deficit in February, according to data released on Friday by the Treasury Department.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a $227 billion deficit for the month.

The Treasury said federal spending in February was $401 billion, up 8 percent from the same month in 2018, while receipts were $167 billion, up 7 percent compared to February 2018.

The deficit for the fiscal year to date was $544 billion, compared with $391 billion in the comparable period the year earlier.

When adjusted for calendar effects, the deficit was $547 billion for the fiscal year to date versus $439 billion in the comparable prior period.

(Reporting by Jason Lange; Edited by Andrea Ricci)

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