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Total and primary deficits run in opposite directions

The governments primary deficit improved in the first half of 2023 compared to the corresponding period in 2022, while the budget deficit worsened increasing from LKR -903 Bn to LKR -1,243 Bn which implies a significant 93 percent increase an interest payments. Revenue increased by 43 percent from LKR 918 Bn to LKR 1315 Bn resulting in the primary deficit turning from a deficit into a surplus. Total expenditure increased as well, from LKR 1822 Bn in Q2 2022 to LKR 2560 Bn in Q2 2023, noting a 40 percent increase.  

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