BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts tax collections are continuing to outpace expectations.

In October, collections were up 11 percent compared with what the state took in last October.

Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter said Wednesday that preliminary revenue collections for the month totaled $1.55 billion or $154 million higher than last October.

That's also about $75 million above the October benchmark based on the 2014 fiscal year revenue estimate of nearly $22.8 billion.

Pitter said better than expected gains in corporate and business tax payments combined with estimated individual income tax payments and motor vehicle sales tax collections partially offset weaknesses in other tax categories.

Tax collections four months into the fiscal year totaled $7.09 billion. That's $616 million or 9.5 percent more than at this time last year and $273 million above the year-to-date benchmark.