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    Disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has badly hit Las Vegas Sands’ Sands China subsidiary, with the business revealing that revenue for April plummeted 98.7% year-on-year to just $9m in April.

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    Mobile games developer Gaming Realms has reported that the first quarter's revenue growth has continued into the first two months of the second, aided by continued growth in content licensing operations.

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    Camelot UK Lotteries has revealed the UK National Lottery was able to generate a record £7.91bn (€8.90bn/$9.90bn) in total ticket sales in its 2019-20 fiscal year, aided by significant year-on-year growth from its digital offering.

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    Social games developer Zynga has agreed a deal to acquire Peak, the mobile gaming business behind the Toon Blast and Toy Blast game franchises, for $1.8bn (£1.45bn/€1.62bn).

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    The suspension of major sporting events and a full month’s closure for Rhode Island’s land-based casinos badly affected the state’s sports betting market, with handle and revenue plummeting in April.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the body that represents Great Britain's betting and gambling industry, has urged the government to continue to be flexible as it prepares to taper off its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) furlough scheme in order to protect jobs in the sector.

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    The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has redacted its figures for sports betting, horse racing and card game revenue in its revenue report for April, which reveals the state’s gaming industry generated just $3.6m.

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    News of significant reopenings and sporting restarts in June saw a slight rebound in H2 Gambling Capital’s expectations for the European and Asian markets in 2020.

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    Flutter Entertainment announced plans to accelerate US expansion and reduce debt through an equity placement that raised £812.6m, after revealing a 10% rise in revenue for the first 47 days of its second quarter.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has revealed that it anticipates B2C gross gaming revenue for 2020 to fall 12% below initial forecasts as a result of disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The GB Gambling Commission has reported a 0.5% decline in gross gambling yield (GGY) for the 12 months from October 2018 to September 2019, though this was mitigated in part by an increase contribution from online gaming. However, year-on-year comparisons reveal a 1.8% decline in online revenue. 

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    Spain, Italy and Latin America-facing operator Codere’s revenue fell 21.3% to €278.5m in the first quarter of 2020, while a combination of retail shutdowns resulting from novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and exchange rate fluctuations contributed to losses rising to €97.1m.

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    Spanish gambling operator Cirsa has reported a year-on-year drop in operating income and operating profit for the first quarter, primarily due to the closure of land-based gaming facilities across a number of markets as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Betfair will once again allow exchange wagering on the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) after the two parties agreed finalised a new integrity deal, though the agreement has forced the operator to increase the commission it charges on customer winnings.

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    Sports betting operator PointsBet has hailed news that Australia's National Rugby League and Australian Football League will return in May and June respectively, saying it would aid a business that has performed strongly despite the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The Italian government is to introduce an 0.5% tax on licensees’ sports betting turnover to fund the recovery of the country’s sports following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced shut-down.

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    Sweden's liicensed gambling operators reported revenue of SEK5.90bn in the first quarter of 2020, down 1.4% from 2019, according to new figures from regulator Spelinspektionen and the Swedish Tax Agency.

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    Chinese lottery sales continued their recovery into April, though with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic not allowing some provinces to resume sales until May, the monthly total was down 35.0% year-on-year.

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    Danish gaming operator Danske Spil has reported a marginal year-over-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, with declines in its igaming and gaming machine arms mitigated by growth in its lottery business.

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    H2 Gambling Capital has downgraded its gross win forecast for the global gambling sector by just $1bn this week, taking the total decline below pre-outbreak expectations to 21.7%.

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