4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jan 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/02/2001   
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CASINO INDUSTRY PROFITS UP

Operating profit before tax for the 13 casinos in Australia was $452 million during 1999-2000, which represented an operating profit margin of 15%. This profit result was a significant increase from 1998-99 when the operating profit margin was 3%. The $938 million takings from 10,825 poker/gaming machines during 1999-2000 represented $67 per person in the Australian adult population. These statistics can be found in Casinos, Australia (ABS Cat. no. 8683.0; $17.00) which was released on 14 December 2000.