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Monthly gross gaming revenue for Macau casinos grew by 5.7 per cent in February, year on year, to MOP24.3bn (€2.48bn), a significant slowing from the 36.4 per cent year-on-year gains posted in January.

There was also a monthly drop from January 2018, which has seen a monthly gross revenue of MOP26.26bn (€2.67bn). Analysts suggest that the timing of Chinese New Year was a factor in holding down February GGR.

However, the figures, published by the DICJ, Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, show that year-to-date figures compare favourably, with the first two months of 2018 accumulating gross revenue of MOP50.56bn (€5.15bn).

The two-month GGR represents a near 20 per cent gain on the same point in 2017.