HONG KONG, July 1 Gambling revenue in Macau fell
3.7 percent in June on an annual basis, the first decline in
more than four years, with analysts saying the soccer World Cup
had diverted gamblers and their hefty bets away from the world's
largest casino hub.
The southern Chinese territory of Macau, a special
administrative region, like neighbouring Hong Kong, is the only
place in the country casino gambling is legal.
Gambling revenue from Macau's 35 casinos fell to 27.2
billion patacas in June ($3.4 billion) from 28.3 billion patacas
a year earlier according to data released by the Macau
government on Tuesday. Analysts were expecting a drop of between
($1 = 7.9860 Macau patacas)
(Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Matt Driskill and Miral