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  1. March 27, 2014

    Change of chief executive at Rank Group

    Ian Burke, the longstanding executive chairman of Rank Group, will step down and be replaced by a former William Hill Online...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Bingo helped but betting terminals hit

    Bingo and betting terminals sat at polar opposites of the gambling spectrum after a Budget that provided much-needed relief...

  1. January 31, 2014

    Rank bets on UK recovery to boost its takings

    Rank Group is betting on the upturn in the UK economy to revive its ailing bingo revenues but said its customers had yet to...

  2. October 17, 2013

    Rank Group seeks ways to get a full house

    Rank Group needs to find new ways to broaden the appeal of bingo, which has become too “mechanical,” its chief executive...

  3. August 15, 2013

    Rank Group boosted as punters spend more despite drop in numbers

    Free-spending punters helped Rank Group make up for a drop in overall visitors as some customers steered clear of its bingo...

  4. May 13, 2013

    Bad weather stops full house at Rank’s Mecca bingo halls

    Bad weather kept some players from Mecca bingo halls as snow knocked footfall at Rank Group, the owner of the UK’s most...

  5. March 6, 2013

    Rank agrees revised deal for Gala casinos

    Rank Group has succeeded in its move to become the largest casino operator in the UK after it agreed to buy 19 casinos from...

  6. January 31, 2013

    Blue Square Bet knocks Rank’s profits

    Pre-tax profits at Rank Group, the company behind Mecca bingo halls and Grosvenor Casinos, fell by a fifth year-on-year in...

  7. May 12, 2012

    Rank to buy 26 of Gala’s casinos

    Rank is to pay Gala Coral £205m for 26 of its casinos, making Rank the biggest UK casino operator. The proposed deal was...

  8. May 10, 2012

    Rank back at table for £250m Gala casinos

    Rank Group is back in talks with Gala Coral about taking over its rival’s casinos, less than two months after the leisure...

  9. March 29, 2012

    Rank drops £250m bid for Gala’s casinos

    Rank Group has dropped its £250m bid for Gala Coral’s casino business, in a move that would have created the largest casino...

  10. February 9, 2012

    Rank aims to court younger crowd

    Rank Group is betting on more under-35s coming to its casinos to drive earnings growth in 2012. The leisure company, which...

  11. September 12, 2011

    Gallagher takes on Spirit finance role

    Spirit, the managed pub operator that demerged from Punch Taverns this year, has appointed Paddy Gallagher as finance...

  12. July 12, 2011

    Rank investors draw back from Guoco deal

    Rank Group is set to remain a listed company after institutional shareholders representing about 15 per cent of the gaming...

  13. July 5, 2011

    Rank and file announcements

    Another day, another announcement from Rank. Former Inchcape chief and chairman Peter Johnson, who announced his departure...

  14. July 4, 2011

    Rank does the Guokey Cokey

    “You put your left leg in, your left leg out. In, out, in, out, you shake it all about.” (“The Hokey Cokey”, Trad.) The...

  15. July 4, 2011

    Rank reappoints chief executive and rejects offer

    Rank Group and representatives from Guoco, its biggest shareholder, plan to meet minority investors to explain their...

  16. July 1, 2011

    Tax victories at heart of Rank battle

    It is Rank’s recent success that has made the battle for control of the group so heartfelt. Its market value has risen by...

  17. July 1, 2011

    Guoco’s Rank bid poses takeover questions

    It looked odd from the start and has become stranger at every stage. With each twist and turn, Guoco’s cash bid for gaming...

  18. June 29, 2011

    Outgoing chief rues Rank’s delisting

    Ian Burke, who quit as Rank Group’s chief executive this week, said that the likely loss of the company’s listing was an...

  19. June 28, 2011

    Rank resigned to Guoco deal

    Big investors at Rank Group claim they have been let down by takeover and listing rules, after conceding that the gaming...

  20. June 28, 2011

    Rank chief executive and finance director quit

    The turmoil at Rank Group over the bid from majority shareholder Guoco deepened on Tuesday when the gaming company announced...

  21. May 26, 2011

    Rank calls on investors to reject Guoco offer

    Rank Group has appealed to investors to reject its biggest shareholder’s takeover bid, citing the gaming group’s recent...

  22. February 25, 2011

    Casino customers boost Rank’s earnings

    Rank Group, the UK’s second-biggest operator of casinos and bingo halls by number of venues, has beaten analysts’...

  23. February 7, 2011

    Rank sets out to discover home truths

    Rank Group, the company behind Grosvenor casinos and Mecca bingo, has become the latest UK group to employ immersive market...

  24. October 7, 2010

    Rank poised to match top forecasts

    Rank Group, the UK’s fifth-largest gaming company by revenue, said on Thursday that full-year earnings would reach the top...

  25. February 26, 2010

    Grosvenor Casinos boosts Rank

    Rank Group has returned to profit and restored its dividend for the first time in two years, but was confronted by...

  26. February 25, 2010

    Grosvenor Casinos boost Rank

    Rank Group has returned to profit and restored its dividend for the first time in two years, but was confronted by...

  27. October 9, 2009

    Full houses raise Rank shares to 17-month high

    Shares in Rank Group touched a 17-month high yesterday on signs that trading is stabilising at the bingo and casino...

  28. October 8, 2009

    Rank Group beats odds to achieve share high

    Shares in Rank Group touched a 17-month high on Thursday on signs that trading is stabilising at the bingo and casino...

  29. August 1, 2009

    Rank calls the higher numbers

    Rank Group, the bingo and casino operator, gave investors further evidence that the business is on a more stable footing...

  30. July 31, 2009

    Rank calls the higher numbers

    Rank Group, the bingo and casino operator, gave investors further evidence that the business is on a more stable footing...

  31. April 25, 2009

    Parlous finances restrict Budget gains

    The weak state of Britain’s public finances restricted Alistair Darling’s ability to spray money at favoured industries in...

  32. April 25, 2009

    Parlous finances restrict Budget gains

    The weak state of Britain's public finances restricted Alistair Darling's ability to spray money at favoured industries in...

  33. April 24, 2009

    Rank hit by Budget

    The Budget’s increases in gambling duty sent Rank’s shares plummeting after the group said the annual cost to the business...

  34. February 27, 2009

    Rank earnings surpass forecasts

    Rank Group gave hope to investors that it would weather the downturn after beating several analysts' full-year earnings...

  35. February 26, 2009

    Rank earnings surpass forecasts

    Rank Group gave hope to investors that it would weather the downturn after beating several analysts’ full-year earnings...

  36. October 18, 2008

    Rank sees signs of hope in casino and bingo businesses

    Rank Group sought to draw a line under a torrid 12 months with a return to growth in its beleaguered bingo and casino...

  37. October 17, 2008

    Rank sees signs of hope in casino and bingo businesses

    Rank Group sought to draw a line under a torrid 12 months with a return to growth in its bingo and casino businesses in...

  38. April 4, 2008

    Rank takeover prospects recede after resignation

    The prospect of a bid for Rank Group appeared to recede yesterday after its finance director stepped down and one of its...

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