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The Israeli government posted a preliminary budget deficit for August of NIS 1.510 billion, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.

The August figure widens the total deficit for the first eight months of the year to NIS 7.931 billion.

The budget balance figures do not include credits granted.

The Finance Ministry said the preliminary domestic budget deficit in August amounted to NIS 1.178 billion. The foreign budget deficit was NIS 332 million.

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The government's activities in August were financed by NIS 1.3 billion shekels raised domestically and NIS 350 million raised overseas.