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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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    Revenue for Sazka Group-owned Greek gaming giant OPAP fell 34.8% year-on-year in the first half of the year due to the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, the operator said it saw performance rapidly recover once lockdown restrictions in Greece were eased and sporting events resumed.

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    Greek gaming and lotteries operator and supplier Intralot reported a 55.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after its B2B and B2C operations suffered from ongoing struggles in Turkey and Bulgaria.

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    The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hit International Game Technology (IGT) hard in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue dropping 48.4% and the business posting a net loss of $279.6m.

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    Svenska Spel chief executive Patrik Hofbauer said the operator is showing signs of recovery following the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19), which led to a 9.6% year-on-year revenue decline in the first half of the year.

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    Intralot believes the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the business is yet to reach its peak, and does not expect to return to normal levels of activity until November this year.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has revealed that the shut-down of its retail gaming network and significantly reduced sports betting options, both due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has cut revenue by around 40.6%.

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    French gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 5.4% year-on-year decline in stakes, and 0.9% decline in revenue, for the first quarter of 2020.

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    Scientific Games has said it expects to save more than $100m from cost-saving measures it has rolled out to help reduce the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the business.

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    French operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has secured a syndicated loan worth €380m (£333.8m/$413.0m) to finance its acquisition of exclusive operating rights for lottery games in the country for a further 25 years.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has reported a 4.7% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2019, though the shut-down of its retail network in the country looks set to have a significant impact on revenue and earnings in 2020.

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    Norwegian lottery operator Norsk Tipping has announced that it distributed almost NOK700m (£60.2m/€70.9m/$78.6m) in gambling proceeds to grassroots sports initiatives across the country during 2019.

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    Lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has once again reported a year-on-year decline in quarterly revenue, with the total for the three months to 30 September falling 5.4%.

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    France’s Agence des participations de l’État (APE) has hailed the success of the initial public offering of gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ), which could generate proceeds of €1.89bn for the state.

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    The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) has given its approval to OPAP’s pending acquisition of a majority stake in Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot operations.

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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has secured approval from the country’s stock market regulator to proceed with its initial public offering (IPO), in a move that marks the first step towards the privatisation of the business.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue for the six months to 30 June, 2019, which resulted in a drop in service revenue over the reporting period.

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    Czech gaming and lottery giant Sazka Group has put forward an offer of €2.06bn (£1.85bn/$2.31bn) to gain full control of Greek gaming operator OPAP.

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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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    London-listed lottery brokerage Zeal Network has completed the acquisition of its former subsidiary Lotto24 via an all-share public takeover.

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