Retail

Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index 

Sporting Index has confirmed that it has ‘onboarded’ legendary champion jockey Frankie Dettori as its new brand ambassador. The colourful Italian, who has won 19 British Classics and is currently recognised as the ‘LONGINES – World’s best jockey’, has joined the Sporting Index stable and will help promote the spread betting firm’s fixed-odds betting markets, which were launched in 2019. …

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UKGC gambling statistics highlight retail declines

The UK’s retail betting sector has continued to bear the brunt of last April’s FOBT ruling, with data released by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) showing a 12.1% decline in the number of shops between March 2019 and October 2019. The number of betting shops on the UK high street dropped to 7,315 in September 2019, while the total number …

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HRI boosts coverage of Irish racing with RTÉ agreement

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Marking the return of racing, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has secured a new broadcast agreement with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) to boost the coverage of the sport. As part of the agreement, RTÉ confirmed that it will be launching a series of new one-hour evening programmes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June and early July. Coverage will be presented …

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Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June

Irish bookmakers will reopen their doors on 29 June, as the country enters phase three of the Government’s strategy to ease COVID-19 measures. The confirmation follows a meeting of Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) members, which revealed that an agreement has been reached to reopen 755 of the nation’s 814 betting shops. Ireland closed its betting shops in mid-March, for a …

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CIRSA focuses on Spanish reopening following Q1 wipeout

CIRSA has reported that strong January and February growth was wiped-out by Coronavirus circumstances, which forced the Spanish gambling operator to shut down its entire retail gambling presence. The Blackstone Group owned operator reported that company performance had been in-line with expectations until March, as Q1 operating revenues declined by 6% to €355 million. Publishing its top-line results, CIRSA revealed …

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SIS reintroduces Towcester service as it resumes full greyhound schedule

Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will be resuming a full greyhound schedule of 42 fixtures per week from 1 June. The resumption of its schedule will cover races from eight UK greyhound tracks, including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Monmore and Romford. In addition, SIS will reintroduce its service to Towcester. Paul Witten, Product Director of …

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DGOJ adds venue requirements to Spain’s lockdown easing

Spain’s DGOJ has issued new guidance related to gambling venues reopening their business premises. Since mid-May, Spain’s federal council has enabled provincial governments to gradually ease lockdown restrictions, allowing retail and leisure businesses to reopen on the condition that they obey strict social distancing orders.  Having reviewed the government’s ‘phase 2’ arrangements, the DGOJ has now published new guidance adding …

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Racing Post returns to print upbeat by summer prospects

The Racing Post has confirmed that it will resume its print format and nationwide distribution of its newspaper on 1 June, coinciding with the resumption of UK racing. Since 26 March, the Racing Post has frozen its printing operations, as the racing publishing group adjusted to global business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. During ‘downtime’, Racing Post has published …

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UK government eyes staged retail reopening from 15 June

Hosting the UK government’s COVID-19 update yesterday evening, PM Boris Johnson announced the government’s provisional plans to re-open all non-essential retail businesses on 15 June. PM Johnson laid out the UK government’s plans to reopen England’s highstreet stores, obeying strict social distancing orders and ensuring that businesses can maintain employee safety. The government will manage a ‘staged reopening’, allowing outdoor …

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Codere Chairman pursues final options to save the company 

Codere SA is pursuing emergency financing options having failed to convince investors to back its business recovery plans, according to Spanish business news source La Razon.  The embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling group has failed to secure a further €100m credit line to keep it’s Spanish and LaTam retail business units afloat during lockdown. On the edge of bankruptcy, Codere is …

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