State arrears to the private sector fell to 2.567 billion euros in December 2017 from 3.140 billion in November, official figures showed on Wednesday. In an announcement, the State’s General Accounting Office said money earmarked for the repayment of state arrears to the private sector totaled 786 million euros in December, while final payments totaled 903.1 million euros in the month. Pending tax returns totaled 765.3 million euros in December. Final payment of tax returns totaled 194.1 million euros in 2017, while final payments on new pensions totaled 511.4 million euros in the year.