Tax revenues grew 5.8 percent in February from a year earlier to 3.93 trillion yen, spurred by an income tax hike introduced in January, the Finance Ministry said Friday.

Income tax revenues rose 10.7 percent to 856.49 billion yen, of which 70 billion yen stemmed from the halving from January onward of the 1999 income tax cuts, it said.

Corporate tax revenues climbed 12.1 percent to 1.11 trillion yen, while consumption tax revenues were up 2.3 percent to 1.17 trillion yen.

However, liquor tax revenues fell 10.6 percent to 174.86 billion yen, while tobacco tax revenues dropped 7.7 percent to 53.15 billion yen.

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