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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech expects earnings for the first half of 2020 to reach €160m, after a strong performance from its online and financials divisions helped offset novel coronavirus’ (Covid-19) disruption to retail and sports in the period.

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    William Hill has reported a 31.7% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of its financial year, though a £230.7m value added tax (VAT) refund allowed the operator to post a £115.6m net profit for the period.

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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, though outgoing chief executive Kenneth Alexander hailed the strong performance of the operator’s online business during the period.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech says efforst to reduce operational costs in the first half of its fiscal year helped to partially offset a “severe” decline in revenue, caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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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 Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has revealed that its five largest members will spend £100m (€111.4m/$125.4m) on improving treatment services for problem gamblers in the UK.

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    Flutter Entertainment announced plans to accelerate US expansion and reduce debt through an equity placement that raised £812.6m, after revealing a 10% rise in revenue for the first 47 days of its second quarter.

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    GVC Holdings has announced that its board and remuneration committees have approved a pay cut for executive committee members and to also forego bonus payments for certain staff for 2020.

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    Flutter Entertainment, the operator of the Paddy Power Betfair business, has announced that it will finalise its acquisition of and subsequent merger with The Stars Group (TSG) on 5 May.

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    GVC Holdings has agreed terms on a new revolving credit facility (RCF) worth £535m (€614.4m/$668.3m) as part of its strategy to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on its business.

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    Sweden’s former horse racing monopoly operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has reported a 10.7% year-on-year increase in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019 to SEK1.11bn (£89.0m/€102.1m/$110.7m).

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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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    Australian gambling operator Tabcorp has announced that is it to furlough more than 700 of its staff until 30 June as part of its strategy to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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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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    Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of Paddy Power Betfair, has said its proposed mega-merger with The Stars Group (TSG) remains on track despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), with the two operators announcing further details about the deal.

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    Gambling industry association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the UK government after it was confirmed that gambling companies will qualify for the business rates holiday designed to mitigate the shut-down enforced by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Sweden-facing operator Svenska Spel has announced that it will make a further SEK5m (£412,970/€444,748/$481,213) in grants available this year to research projects focused on gambling addiction.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the UK Chancellor to provide emergency help to save thousands of jobs across the gambling industry, after fresh concerns were raised over the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on the sector.

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    William Hill has revealed that it expects to post better-than-expected adjusted operating profit for the year ended 31 December, 2019, with the bookmaker forecasting that the final figure will fall between £143m (€167.0m/$185.8m) and £148m.

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