Saudi Arabia posts $7.41 bln budget surplus in Q1, says finance minister


Saudi Arabia had a budget surplus of 27.8 billion riyals ($7.41 billion) in the first quarter of this year, its finance minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said.

The minister was speaking at a conference in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia plans to increase state spending by 7 percent this year in an effort to spur economic growth that has been hurt by low oil prices, according to its 2019 state budget.

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