The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published industry statistics for the five-year period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2014. The figures provided for April 2013 to March 2014 are provisional (6) at this stage.
The Gambling Commission has also published an Excel version of the statistics to provide more transparency and an element of interactivity with the figures.
- The British gambling industry, as regulated by the Commission, generated a gross gambling yield (GGY) of over £6.8bn between April 2013 and March 2014, a rise of almost £0.4bn (6%) compared to the period April 2012 to March 2013.
- The non-remote betting sector represents the largest market with a 47% share of GGY.
- Growth is biggest for remote betting, bingo and casino (22%) and casinos (15%) compared to last year.
- Other sectors showing growth are arcades, betting, and large society lotteries. Only the bingo sector experienced a decrease in GGY between the two most recent reporting periods.
- GGY for B2 machines in betting shops was over £1.56bn, an increase of just under £17.6m (1%) on the figure for the previous reporting period, set against a 4% increase in the number of B2 machines.
- 102,715 people were employed across the industry, a drop of 5,357 from the previous reporting period.
This is the first edition of Industry Statistics to include sales figures for the National Lottery, for which sales were £6.7bn during the period April 2013 to March 2014.
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