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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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    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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    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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    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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    Playtech has said that it is evaluating all options for its TradeTech Group after it revealed that struggles within the financials division during the 17 weeks to 31 October meant the business is set to miss its full-year earnings projections.

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    Banking group HSBC UK has joined forces with industry charities GamCare and GambleAware to develop and launch a new self-restriction tool to enable its customers to block gambling transactions on their accounts.

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    PlanetWin365 operator SKS365 has been issued with a tax inspection report claiming that it owes €124m to the Italian authorities, having failed to declare significant revenue generated in the country's regulated gambling market.

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    GVC Holdings has revised its full year profit projections upwards for the second time this year after the operator’s online and European retail growth helped offset a weaker performance from its UK retail arm.

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    GambleAware has reiterated calls for UK operators to offer further financial support its problem gambling efforts after revealing that industry funding failed to meet its 2018-19 target.

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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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    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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    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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    William Hill has posted a £721.9m (€840.3m/$955.8m) pre-tax loss for 2018, as a result of an £882.8m write-down of the value of its retail business ahead of maximum B2 machine stakes being cut to £2 from April. Despite this, the operator hailed good underlying progress achieved over the year, with 2018 revenue up 2% year-on-year to £1.6bn.

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