U.S. government surplus in April larger than expected
The federal government ran a $214.3 billion surplus in April, the Treasury Department reported Thursday.
Outlays in April totaled $296.192 billion. Receipts totaled $510.447 billion.
In April 2017, the government ran a $182.4 billion surplus.
Economists polled by IFR Markets predicted a $160.0 billion surplus.
In March, the government ran a $208.7 billion deficit.
For the fiscal year to date, the government has a $385.4 billion deficit, compared to a $344.4 billion deficit for the similar period in fiscal 2017.