Lotteries make modest start to 2017; growth in Asia Pacific / Latin America offset by lower sales in North America.
Lotteries worldwide got off to a modest start to 2017, with reporting lotteries eking out a first-quarter on first-quarter aggregate increase in sales of 0.9%. Solid performances in the Asia Pacific and Latin American markets were counterbalanced by a marked decrease in sales in North America, where, in comparison to the first quarter of 2016 – which saw the record-breaking USD 1.6 billion Powerball draw of January 2016 – the absence of a strong driver of growth was missed.
Lausanne, June 12, 2017 – At the recent General Meeting (GM) of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), which took place on Thursday 8 June in Krakow, Poland, the new GLMS Executive Committee took office.
In 2016, full-year on full-year sales grew by 4% globally, doubling the 2% full-year on full-year increase in worldwide sales reported in 2015. Solid performances in the North American and Asia Pacific markets, which reported growth slightly above the global average, provided the foundations for the 2016 end-of-year results. In other markets, burgeoning sales in Africa were offset by a contraction in sales in Latin America. Overall, the 4% year-on-year increase in worldwide sales was a little below five-year average global growth of 5.7%, as the attendant graph (right and below) indicates.
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