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22.01.13

Public sector borrowing higher than expected

UK public sector borrowing rose slightly in December, new statistics from the ONS show.

Borrowing rose from £14.8bn in December 2011 to £15.4bn in 2012. Analysts had forecast borrowing of £15.2bn.

Total borrowing so far this financial year, excluding the transfer of Royal Mail assets, is £106.5bn – around £7.2bn more than for the same period in 2011.

Excluding the cost of bank support, the UK’s total public sector net debt is now £1.11 trillion, or 70.7% of GDP.

The latest rise adds to fears that the UK may lose its AAA credit rating.

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