B2 gross gambling yield up – arcades and bingo down in Commission figures


The Gambling Commission has published industry statistics for the period 1 April 2010 to 30 September 2014. The figures provided for October 2013 to September 2014 are provisional at this stage. The figures show that numbers of Category C and D machines have declined significantly in the last 12 months (see table below)

Other findings for the period between October 2013 and September 2014 include:

  • The British gambling industry, as regulated by the Commission, generated a gross gambling yield (GGY)(6) of over £7.1bn, a rise of £327m (5%) compared to the period April 2013 to March 2014. The non-remote betting sector represents the largest market with a 47% share of GGY.
  • Arcades’ GGY is down to 373.1m from 374.8 in the previous year. Bingo is down to £659.35m from £672.83.
  • Growth, compared to the previous year, was greatest in the remote betting, bingo and casino sector (up £213m or 19%), in the non-remote casino sector (up £43m or 4%) and in the large society lotteries sector (up £29m or 10%). The non-remote betting sector also experienced a growth of £57m, representing a 2% increase on the previous year.
  • GGY for B2 machines in betting shops was over £1.6bn, an increase of just under £45m (3%) on the figure for the previous reporting period, set against an increase in the number of B2 machines of 344 (1%)(7).
  • 95,227 people were employed across the industry, a drop of 2,426 (2%) from the previous reporting period, although the remote sector reported an increase of 450 (8%) employees.

Download the industry statistics from the Gambling Commission website in word or excel format.

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