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May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Italian tax revenue rose 0.7 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said in a report published today.

Tax revenue amounted to about 88 billion euros ($115 billion) in the first three months of the year, according to the report. Direct taxes rose 0.1 percent over the same period, while indirect taxes rose 1.4 percent.

The increase came after the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti raised value-added tax and levies on gasoline last year as part of a 20 billion-euro austerity plan that seeks to eliminate the budget deficit in 2014. Tax revenue held up even with the economy slipping into its fourth recession since 2001 in the final three months of last year.

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