central government posted a primary budget surplus, before interest payments,
of 2.1 billion euros ($2.91 billion) in the first two months of the year,
compared to a surplus of 487 million euros in the same period last year, deputy
finance minister Christos Staikouras said on Tuesday. Greece
This is far above an interim target for a surplus in Jan-Feb of 1.047 billion euros. The figure excludes the budgets of social security organisations and local administration.