Budget deficit down 37.6 percent through July

WASHINGTON • The government on Monday reported a $97.6 billion deficit for July but remains on track to post its lowest annual budget gap in five years. July’s figure raises the deficit so far for the 2013 budget year to $607.4 billion, the government says. That’s 37.6 percent below the $973.8 billion deficit for the first 10 months of the 2012 budget year. The Congressional Budget Office has forecast that the annual deficit will be $670 billion when the budget year ends Sept. 30, far below last...

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