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    Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec has reported a 1.53% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of 2019, despite seeing a decline within its draw-based games business.

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    Atlantic Lottery reported a net profit of CAD$422.2m, up 0.7% year-on-year and ahead of the company’s target of CAD$419.4m for the fiscal year ending 31 March, 2019, thanks to a high level of rollover MaxMillions jackpots.

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    Swedish state-owned gaming business Svenska Spel has seen profits hit by increased regulatory costs in the first half of the year, though the operator noted that customer growth and revenue had recovered during the second quarter.

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    Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec has reported a 3.1% year-on-year increase in revenue to CAD$2.83bn (£1.68bn/€1.89bn/US$2.12bn) for its 2018-19 financial year, with the contribution from its igaming offering growing to $105.4m.

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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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    Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot has reported an 8.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first quarter of its financial year, following weaker performances from all key business units.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a 5% year-on-year decline in group revenue for the first quarter of 2019, a result of lower revenue from gaming operations.

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    Gambling revenue in Latvia increased 15.3% year-on-year in the first quarter, with national regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) reporting growth across all key verticals.

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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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    This week we look at role reversal in the lottery space, ponder the outrage over the M&M's slot-machine dispenser and payday loans and giggle at some of the more outlandish Royal baby name predictions

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    The Swedish gambling market saw revenue grow 1.5% in 2018, driven by growth in regulated and offshore igaming. Total revenue increased to SEK23.4bn (£1.9bn/€2.2bn/$2.5bn), with a 2.3% year-on-year decline in regulated market revenue to SEK16.7bn.

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    Strong growth in revenue failed to offset the impact of growing costs for Scientific Games in 2018, with the gaming solutions provider’s loss for the period growing to $352.4m (£269.3m/€310.1m). Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was up 9.1% year-on-year, with a marginal decline in gaming revenue - down 0.7% to $1.8bn - offset by strong growth in the social and digital divisions.

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    The Delaware Lottery’s igaming offering enjoyed a strong start to 2019, with revenue up 57.9% year-on-year, driven largely by the performance of Dover Downs.

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    Finnish gaming monopoly operator Veikkaus has pledged to develop its digital offering over the next three years to ensure it doesn’t see profits cannibalised by offshore competition, after announcing slight declines in turnover and profit for 2018.