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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(5) at this stage.

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.
  • Sales in the National Lottery were almost £6.9bn, a rise of over£150m (2%) over the period April 2013 to March 2014.
  • 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.

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Notes to editors

  1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.
  2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice.
  4. Following introduction of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act on 1 November 2014, all operators trading with customers in Britain must be licensed by the Commission and therefore must provide figures for the remote consumer market.  The Remote section of this edition of the Industry Statistics contains data from before this change (i.e. up to the end of September 2014), future editions will contain details under the new regulatory regime.
  5. See paragraph 5 of the industry statistics preface for more information
  6. Gross gambling yield (GGY) - the amount retained by operators after the payment of winnings but before the deduction of the costs of the operation.
  7. In submitting regulatory return information for a machine or a terminal that offers games that equate to different machine categories, operators are required to submit information based on the highest category of game available. For example, if a terminal offers category B2 and B3 games, operators are advised to count this as a category B2 terminal. For this reason, the B2 figures provided should be viewed with caution as the split between B2 and B3 game play is not clear (and therefore a portion of the GGY attributed to B2 machines above will have been generated through B3 game play).
  8. Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk
Posted on 25 June 2015