Swedish central government payments in August resulted in a surplus of SEK 11.1 billion. This was SEK 9.7 billion lower than the Debt Office's latest forecast, which was a surplus of SEK 20.9 billion. The difference is mainly explained by higher tax refund than estimated.
Tax refund in August was higher than estimated and net tax payments were therefore lower than the Debt Office's latest forecast. The Debt Office's net lending to central government agencies was SEK 1.7 billion higher than forecasted. Disbursements from central government agencies developed in line with our forecast.
Interest payments on central government debt amounted to SEK 3.3 billion, which is SEK 0.5 billion higher than calculated.
For the twelve-month period up to the end of August 2012, central government payments resulted in a deficit of SEK 22.9 billion.
Central government debt amounted to SEK 1,071 billion at the end of August.
The outcome for September will be published on 5 October, at 9:30 am.