Euro area government deficit at 3.0% in 2013, says Eurostat

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According to data released on Wednesday by Eurostat, the government deficit of both the euro area and the EU28 in 2013 decreased in absolute terms compared with 2012, while the government debt rose in both zones. In the euro area the government deficit to GDP ratio decreased from 3.7% in 2012 to 3.0% in 2013, and in the EU283 from 3.9% to 3.3%. In the euro area the government debt to GDP ratio increased from 90.7% at the end of 2012 to 92.6% at the end of 2013, and in the EU283 from 85.2% to 87.1%.

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