The Bulgarian National Revenue Agency (NRA) has officially taken over responsibility for the regulation of gambling, after lawmakers voted to abolish the country’s dedicated authority, the State Commission on Gambling (SCG).
La Française des Jeux (FDJ) said a strong performance after France emerged from its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown has reduced a decline in revenue for the first half of the operator’s financial year.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has closed seven off-course betting facilities (OTBs) and delayed the relaunch of Mark Six lottery draws after a resurgence of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the Chinese special administrative region.
New figures released by the Polish Ministry of Finance reveal that while the country has seen gambling revenue decline for the year to date, newly regulated products helped mitigate falls in online betting and land-based gaming.
Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group has reported an 11.5% year-on-year decline in gross gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2020, after the business’s retail gaming operations were disrupted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) from mid-March.
Danish gaming operator Danske Spil has reported a marginal year-over-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, with declines in its igaming and gaming machine arms mitigated by growth in its lottery business.
The long-running dispute between Nigeria’s gambling regulator the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) and the Lagos State Lottery Board (LSLB) could resume after the state regulator blacklisted a number of operators licensed by its federal counterpart.
Sazka Group believes it is coming to the end of the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but says the rapidly evolving situation makes it difficult to determine the crisis' economic impact on the business.
The increase in remote gaming duty (RGD) from April 2019 led to significant hike in tax paid by Great Britain’s gambling licensees paid for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2020, mitigating a decline in machine gaming duty (MGD).
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%.
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.
French gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has projected 5% growth in both player stakes and revenue for 2020, after a “landmark” 2019 that saw the operator list on the Euronext Paris and net revenue rise to €1.96bn.