WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The federal budget deficit for the first nine months of the 2010 fiscal year was just over $1 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday.
The shortfall, reflecting $2.6 trillion in outlays for the first three quarters and $1.6 trillion in receipts, narrowed slightly compared with the same point in fiscal 2009.
Receipts were 0.5% higher for the period compared to the first three quarters of 2009, CBO said in its monthly budget review.
The rise in revenues was a result of increased corporate tax collections, due to improving economic conditions, and a shift by the Federal Reserve to higher- yielding investments.
But individual income and payroll tax receipts were down 4% over the nine- month period, suggesting that wages and salaries have not improved to the extent that corporate profits have.
-By Martin Vaughan, Dow Jones Newswires;
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