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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 06:55 GMT 07:55 UK
William Hill enjoys good fortune
Horse racing
Bad news for the punters means good news for William Hill
Bad luck for UK horse racing punters has resulted in improved business for bookmaking chain William Hill.

The firm said its gross win was up 22% in the 19 weeks to 11 May compared with a year ago, as horse racing results went in its favour.

Average weekly profit from each of its fixed-odds betting terminals was also up to 400, from 380 during 2003.

William Hill owns nearly 1,600 branches in the UK and also offers betting via telephone and the internet.

The company floated on the London stock market in June 2002 and last month entered the FTSE 100 share index of leading UK firms.

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