The Turkish central government budget balance posted a TL 29.6 billion ($4.85 billion) deficit in the January-March period, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced Wednesday.
The country's budget revenues totaled TL 255.75 billion in the first three months of this year, rising 17% from the same period last year.
Budget expenditures rose 12.1% to hit TL 285.3 billion, marking a $4.85 billion deficit.
The budget balance, excluding interest payments, saw a surplus of TL 8.67 billion in the first quarter.
Official figures showed that tax revenues surged 14.1% to TL 176.1 billion, while interest payments were TL 38.25 billion over the same period.
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