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    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set a provisional date of 24 August for the country’s casinos and bingo halls to reopen.

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    Colombia’s Ministry of Health has published a decree allowing local districts and municipalities to authorise the reopening of casino and bingo establishments as part of a ‘pilot programme’, provided they act in line with safety protocols issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.

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    H2 Gambling Capital downgraded its annual expectations for the global gambling sector by a further $780m to $356.9bn this week.

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    H2 Gambling Capital upgraded online gambling’s share of expected 2020 global gross win to 17.4% this week, with this expected to edge past 18% in the not-too-distant future.

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    Buzz Bingo is to permanently close more than a quarter of its UK bingo halls, with over 500 employees set to lose their jobs.

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    Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet) has eased requirements for operators looking to offer online bingo by extending the period for meeting a minimum revenue threshold for internet-based games.

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    Spanish gambling revenue grew 12.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, thanks to growth across all verticals including sports betting, despite the suspension of major sporting events from mid-March due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The Japanese Racing Association's Q2 results coming in ahead of pre-Covid expectations saw a stabilisation in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast this week.

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    An improved performance from online and land-based slots, coupled with growth in lottery and betting revenue, saw the Czech Republic’s regulated gambling market grow 16.0% year-on-year in 2019.

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    An end-of-quarter exchange rate adjustment offset a further downgrade in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast for the pandemic-hit global gambling sector this week.

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    Rank Group believes its profit for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2020 will come in at the lower end of its £48m to £58m guidance following the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    A report from the UK’s House of Lords has set out a wide-ranging series of proposals to strengthen the gambling regulatory framework in Great Britain, including stake limits and a ban on gambling sports sponsorship.

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    GVC Holdings has declared its support for a number of recommendations made by the House of Lords in regards to the gambling regulatory framework in Great Britain, including a call to accelerate the review of the 2005 Gambling Act.

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    Colombian gaming association Fecoljuegos has expressed support for a petition calling for the reopening of casinos and bingo premises in the nation.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has announced that its temporary leniency for online bingo announced on 1 May will come to an end this week, on 1 July.

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    Rank Group is to commence a phased reopening of its Mecca Bingo halls from 4 July, after the UK government relaxed further restrictions related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    H2 Gambling Capital saw the first gain in its 2020 gross gambling win forecasts this week since it started tracking the impact of the pandemic on the sector five months ago.

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    New obstacles to recovery in the Asia-Oceania region erased hopes of a stabilisation of H2 Gambling Capital’s forecasts for the global gambling sector this week

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    A new survey by the UK government reveals that gambling businesses are split over whether they can withstand the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19), though a significant number of respondents reported revenue being wiped out by lockdown.

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    The UK’s Advertising Association (AA) has rejected proposals from the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to ban all forms of gambling advertising, saying that such a move is not necessary at present.

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