Italy Sets Lower Budget-Deficit Targets

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The government said it targeted for 2020 a budget deficit of 2.1% of gross domestic product and 1.8% of GDP for the following year.

ROME—Italy’s government set its budget-deficit targets for 2020 and 2021 at lower levels than previously envisaged, after initial government plans had unnerved financial markets and European authorities.

The government on Wednesday said it targeted a budget deficit of 2.1% of gross domestic product for 2020 and 1.8% of GDP for the following year. The government had initially planned to target a deficit of 2.4% for both years.

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