Greek state arrears to the private sector fell to 4.779 billion euros at the end of September

Greek state arrears to the private sector fell to 4.779 billion euros at the end of September, from 4.935 billion a month earlier, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

In a report on general government figures, the ministry said that pending tax returns rose to 1.439 billion euros in September from 1.341 billion in August. The EuroWorking Group approved the disbursement of a 1.7 billion euros sub-tranche to Greece based on Greek government figures showing that the state repaid arrears to the private sector.