According to official figures by the Jordanian finance ministry, the kingdom’s state budget deficit for the first nine months of 2010 fell by around 35 per cent to JD568.5m, compared with JD865.2m during the same period last year, Jordan Times has reported. Domestic revenues and foreign assistance during the January-September period increased by 6.1 per cent, to JD3.45bn compared with JD3.251bn during the same period of 2009. Total expenditures in the first nine months of 2010, which amounted to JD4.019bn, were 0.6 per cent less than those recorded in the same period of last year, when it reached JD4.116bn, according to the figures.