ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected the revenue of Rs.552.518 billion for July-December of the current financial year (2008-09), registering a growth of 27 percent as compared to same period of the last fiscal year. "The net collection during the time under review has been Rs.553.519 billion against Rs.435.075 billion collected during the corresponding period of previous financial year, showing an increase of Rs.118 billion" Muhammad Alam Spokesman and Member Facilitation and Taxpayers Education of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) told APP here on Thursday. The revenue on account of direct taxes has maintained steady growth, as Rs. 210.277 billion have been collected during the time under review against Rs.164.595 billion collected last year, showing a growth of 27.8 per cent. The sales tax collection has reached Rs.217.241 billion against Rs.169.3 billion collection of last year, indicating growth of 28.3 per cent. Similarly, the tax receipts on account of federal excise duties have recorded a significant increase of 32.2 per cent touching Rs.52.242 billion against Rs.39.521 billion collected during the last financial year. Rs.72.8 billion have been collected from customs duties during the period, showing 18.0 per cent growth when compared to the collection of Rs.61.6 billion same period of last fiscal year. During the month of December Direct taxes were recorded at 73.549 billion, while indirect taxes Rs.49.892 billion. Giving break up he said, sales tax collection stood at Rs.31.070 billion, sales tax import Rs.11.454 billion and sales tax domestic Rs.19.615 billion. He said that the federal excise duty collection stood at Rs.7.528 billion while customs collection during the month of December was recorded at Rs.11.4 billion.