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    Australian lotteries and gaming giant Tabcorp has raised approximately AU$230m from the sale of shares to retail investors, taking its total proceeds from an accelerated entitlement offer to $600m.

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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group says it is showing signs of recovery following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shut-down, which resulted in revenue and profit falling in the first half of 2020.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech's losses widened five-fold in the first half of 2020 as the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) led to a 38.7% drop in revenue to £20.2m (€22.2m/$26.3m).

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic Group saw revenue fall and posted a €108.1m loss for the first half of the year, after the business’ predominantly land-based operations were hit hard by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Southern European and Latin American operator Codere was hit hard by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of 2020, with the pandemic shuttering its land-based venues and the resulting lack of sports weighing down its online business.

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    German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has reported a 6.7% year-on-year rise in revenue for its 2019 financial year, despite its business being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has reported declines in revenue and turnover for its 2019-20 fiscal year, though management hailed the business’ resilience after it managed to avoid race cancellations over the period.

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    Australian gaming machines and content provider Ainsworth Game Technology (AGT) has posted an Aus$39.6m (£21.8m/€24.3m/US$29.0m) comprehensive loss for its 2020 financial year, after the group’s operations were hit by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The significant expansion and diversification of Flutter Entertainment’s operations through its acquisition of The Stars Group helped the operator mitigate the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of the year.

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    British operator Betfred has made an offer to purchase struggling South African racing operator Phumelela for between ZAR875m and ZAR925m (£39.6m-£41.9m/€44.2m-€46.7m/$52.1m/$55.0m).

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    France Galop, the governing body for the country’s flat and steeplechase racing sector, says that while proceeds from betting on racing will be down year-on-year, it has been encouraged by growth in the sector from June onwards. This growth, it noted, had prompted horse race betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) to raise its full-year profit forecasts.

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    Australian lotteries and gaming giant Tabcorp has completed the sale of new shares to institutional investors through which it raised AU$371m, and now aims to raise a further $229m from retail investors.

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    Denmark’s regulated gambling revenue fell 19.2% year-on-year in the first half of 2020, after novel coronavirus (Covid-19) slashed land-based gaming and sports betting’s contribution in the second quarter.

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    Sweden’s AB Trav och Galopp says that the suspension of sporting events as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of 2020 benefitted its performance, as customer attention shifted to its core horse race betting product.

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    South African racing operator Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Group has published its business rescue plan, which could see it sell its horse racing business as it struggles with debts of up to ZAR1.17bn.

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    Australian lotteries and gaming operator Tabcorp has launched an accelerated entitlement offer through which it aims to raise up to Aus$600m in new equity.

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    Australia’s Tabcorp has seen revenue fall 4.8% in its fiscal year ended 30 June, amid disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with a hefty impairment charge resulting in the operator swinging to a loss for the year.

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    Inspired Entertainment has reported an increased net loss for the first half of the year, despite reporting year-on-year revenue growth for the period.

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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after online growth failed to offset declines in UK and European retail resulting from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    The British Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has agreed to provide an additional £3.2m in immediate and short-term funding to help the racing industry navigate the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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