U.S. government deficit in Feb. smaller than expected
The federal government ran a $215.2 billion deficit in February, the Treasury Department reported Monday.
Outlays in February totaled $370.871 billion. Receipts totaled $155.623 billion.
In February 2017, the government ran a $192.0 billion deficit.
Economists polled by IFR Markets predicted a $216.0 billion deficit.
In January, the government ran a $49.2 billion surplus.
For the fiscal year to date, the government has a $391.0 billion deficit, compared to a $350.6 billion deficit for the similar period in fiscal 2017.