Bingo resilient in the downturn

The recession will have only a muted effect on the UK’s bingo halls after the industry already absorbed the negative impact of the smoking ban and changes to machine regulation, accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has predicted. The firm forecasts that bingo revenues will remain relatively static over 2009, falling between zero and three per cent. But it added casinos in particular would not be immune to the downturn.