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    Denmark’s regulated gambling market has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue, with declines in revenue from land-based gaming machines and sports betting offsetting growth in online casino.

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic has reported a 1.8% year-on-year fall in revenue for the first half of its financial year, with changes to gaming regulations in core markets such as Germany and Italy blamed for the decline. This led to significant increases in depreciation and amortisation, which drove down profit for the period.

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    A syndicate of eight investment banking groups have been selected to work on the privatisation of French state-owned gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

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    JPJ Group has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire the majority of its technology partner Gamesys’ assets for a total consideration of £490m (€549.8m/$620.9m).

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has reported a 27.1% year-on-year rise in regulated gaming revenue in May, aided by land-based and online casino growth. 

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    Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.

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    William Hill has reported a 2% increase in revenue for the first 17 weeks of the year, despite suffering a like-for-like drop in revenue for its online arm and a decline in its retail business.

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    New figures from the Swedish Tax Authority and gaming regulator Spelinspektionen suggest that net gaming revenue for Sweden’s land-based and online gaming market amounted to SEK6.0bn (£479.9m/€559.0m/$626.0m) in the first quarter of 2019.

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    LeoVegas has reported an 11.6% rise in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, though growing costs saw the Stockholm-listed gaming operator post a €31,000 (£26,611/$34,757) loss for the period.

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    Paddy Power Betfair has reported a 17% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with strong growth in its US and Australian operations offsetting a decline in online sports betting revenue.

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    Nevada’s licensed sportsbooks generated total handle of $596.8m in March, setting a new record for amounts wagered in a month where basketball dominated the market.

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    Swedish gaming operator Svenska Spel has reported a 5.9% decline in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with growth in the new Sport & Casino igaming division offset by struggles in its lottery and land-based gaming units.

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    Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot is to launch a cost reduction plan after reporting declines in turnover for all key operating segments in its 2018 results, with its struggles blamed on foreign exchange losses and the failure to secure new supply contracts during the year.

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    The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called on the Portuguese authorities to review the country’s online gaming tax rate following reports that as many of 75% of players gambled via unlicensed sites in 2018.

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    The Nevada Gaming Control Board has reported an 11.5% year-on-year rise in sports betting handle for February, though the state also saw gaming revenue across all verticals decline marginally for the month.

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has reported a 25.6% year-on-year increase in gaming revenue in February, though the contributions from igaming and sports betting fell sequentially.

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    The strong performance of the sports betting and casino verticals helped Spanish online gaming revenue grow 25.5% year-on-year in 2018.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a 2.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for 2018, though a reduction in operating costs and foreign exchange gains helped the supplier cut its full-year loss to $21m (£16.0m/€18.7m).

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    Paddy Power Betfair has seen its 2018 revenue grow as a result of the acquisition of FanDuel and an improved performance by the Paddy Power brand in the UK market, though the US investment has also hit full-year profits.

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    GVC Holdings chief executive Kenneth Alexander has credited excellent operational execution, effective marketing and a good World Cup for helping drive growth in the operator’s 2018 results.

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