William Hill beats the odds

High street bookmaker William Hill yesterday reported an expected six per cent growth in revenues for 2011, despite a two per cent fall in gross win margin due to a few unexpected football results, and said its operating profits were likely to be around £274m. The gambling company saw a 28 per cent boost in online sales, while over-the-counter bets were up 11 per cent. William Hill was the strongest performer in the FTSE All Share Travel & Leisure Index during 2011, with shares climbing 5.9 per cent.