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Greek Jan-May primary budget deficit at 8.16 bln euros, misses target

ATHENS, June 15 (Reuters) - Greece's central government posted a primary budget deficit of 8.16 billion euros ($9.89 billion) in the first five months of the year, higher than its target, finance ministry data showed on Tuesday.

The government was targeting a primary budget gap, which excludes debt-servicing costs, of 7.16 billion euros for the five-month period. ($1 = 0.8249 euros) (Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas and George Georgiopoulos)