Gala Coral became Europe’s biggest gaming company in 2005 when the bingo and casino operator Gala Group bought the high-street and internet bookie Coral Eurobet. Gala’s three private-equity owners – Candover, Cinven and Permira – all contributed funding for the £2.2 billion deal. Since then, the group has increased its number of outlets by 20%, taking the total to 1,550 betting shops, casinos and bingo halls. Most recently, it bought 44 betting shops from Reuben Page. Sales were £1,227m in 2006, dropping from £7,433m the previous year owing to a change in accounting method.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank22
CompanyGala Coral
ActivityBetting and gaming operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*1,227
Profit £m*299
Year endSep 06
Principal shareholdersCandover, Cinven, Permira
Staff18,380
Founded1926
Websitewww.galagroup.co.uk

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