BEIJING, Oct 21 (Reuters) - China's fiscal revenues grew 4.7% in the third quarter from a year earlier, the finance ministry said on Wednesday, as the country's economic recovery picked up pace.
Fiscal revenues fell 7.4% in the second quarter on an annual basis, after sliding 14.3% in the first quarter, it said.
China's economy expanded 4.9% in July-September from a year earlier, weaker than analyst expectations but faster than the second quarter's 3.2% growth.
Fiscal revenues rose 4.5% year-on-year in September, easing from a 5.3% increase in August, the ministry said.
For the first nine months of the year, fiscal revenues fell 6.4% from a year earlier to 14.1002 trillion yuan ($2.12 trillion), while fiscal expenditures dropped 1.9% to 17.5185 trillion yuan, it said.
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