ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected revenue of Rs.543.3 billion for July-December of the current financial year (2008-09); registering a growth of 24.9 percent as compared to same period of the last fiscal year. "The progressive collection during the time under review has been Rs.543.3 billion against Rs.435.1 billion collected during the corresponding period of previous financial year," said a data released by the Federal Board of Revenue here on Friday. The provisional tax collection indicated a cumulative growth of 24.9 percent. The revenue on account of direct taxes has maintained steady growth, as Rs. 203.6 billion have been collected during the time under review against Rs. 164.6 billion collected last year, showing a growth of 23.7 per cent. The sales tax collection has reached Rs.214.7 billion against Rs.169.3 billion collection of last year, indicating growth of 26.8 per cent. Similarly, the tax receipts on account of federal excise duties have recorded a significant increase of 32.2 per cent by touching Rs.52.2 billion against Rs.39.5 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 same period of last fiscal year. Rs.114.2 billion during December 2008 were collected as compared to Rs.95.0 billion realized during the same period of the same period of the last fiscal showing a growth of 20.2 per cent. The collection is expected to increase further when provisional figures are finalized. The tax-wise collection during December 2008 has been as, Direct Taxes, Rs. 66.9 billion; Sales Tax, Rs.28.5 billion; Federal Excise, Rs. 7.6 billion and Customs Duties, Rs. 11.2 billion.