UPDATE 1-Argentina says Jan primary surplus 799 mln pesos
SANTIAGO, March 5 (Reuters) - Argentina's primary budget surplus was 799 million pesos ($99.6 million) in January, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.
That compared to a surplus of 816 million pesos in the same month of 2013.
The result does not include debt payments.
The primary budget is closely followed by financial markets as it represents a country's capability of honoring its financial commitments.
Argentina has been virtually shut out of global credit markets since a 2002 default.
In January, the fiscal deficit, which includes debt payments, grew to around three billion pesos.
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