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U.S. Posts Largest-Ever Monthly Budget Deficit in February

  • Shortfall rises 40% to $544b in first 5 months of fiscal year
  • Corporate, income taxes decline as tariff revenue climbs
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The U.S. posted its biggest monthly budget deficit on record last month, amid a 20 percent drop in corporate tax revenue and a boost in spending so far this fiscal year.

The budget gap widened to $234 billion in February, compared with a fiscal gap of $215.2 billion a year earlier. That gap surpassed the previous monthly record of $231.7 billion set seven years ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.