With the continued reduction in amusements venues over the last 6 months, FECs and bingo halls have seen an overall fall in gross gambling yield. AGCs, however, have kept machine revenues on the rise with a strong performance from Cat C and B3.
Adult gaming centres increased gross gambling yield by 1.6 percent over-all from the period April 2016 to March 2017, as Cat C and B3 machine revenue continued growth for the fourth year running.
Indeed, B3 machine revenue was up 10.2 percent on the same period a year prior, rising from £175.1m to £193.1m, and Cat C saw an increase of 5.6 percent,up from £119.7m to £126.5m.
During the period, overall AGC machine numbers for both categories also grew, with B3 numbers rising 10.8 percent from 10,656 to 11,805,and Cat C numbers up 9.2 percent from 29,576 to 32,296.
This strong performance from the industry’s high-street sector comes despite the backdrop of shrinkage across the wider amusements industry, where the number of AGC venues have reduced 4.8 percent, from 1550 to 1476, between March 2017 and September 2017.
Family entertainment centres have also decreased over the same period, with numbers down 6.5 percent from 295 to 274.
Between April 2016 and March 2017,machine revenue for Cat C and D in FECs fell 14.9 percent and 2.8 percent respectively, with the machine numbers of both machine segments also down – Cat C by 11.8 percent and Cat D by 10.3 percent. Overall, FEC machine revenue fell 8.8 percent over the timeframe.
While a reduction in venues and GGY was also the case in bingo halls, machine numbers and machine revenue continued to rise over the period. Cat B3 numbers rose 4.7 percent to 12,154, while revenues for the segment were up 7.3 percent at £196.90m.
Meanwhile Cat C numbers increased by 5.9 percent to 47,486, however revenues fell 7.3 percent to £103.95m. On average machine numbers were up 5.2 percent and machine revenue increased 1.3 percent, closing the gap between machine GGY and the GGY of bingo games, which fell by 2 percent.
Although Gala and Mecca maintained their venue numbers, 18 bingo halls from other operators closed down between March 2017 and September 2017, bringing the total number down from 591 to 583.