ONLINE gaming group 888 Holdings said trading was picking up after a difficult end to 2008.
The owner of Pacific Poker blamed the deepening downturn and the strength of the dollar against the euro and pound for an 8% fall in operating income to £41m in the final three months of 2008.
The group said gamers played less and revenue denominated in dollars fell – but this was offset by tighter cost control. Trading in the new year began more positively.
The group is meet market forecasts for income £182m.