Sunday May 1,2016 :  BETTER NEWS FROM MACAU.
 
Revenue decline in April less than expected.
 
Has the fall in Macau gambling revenues finally started to bottom-out?
 
That's the question analysts are asking after the April numbers were released yesterday by the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, showing that the monthly decline of 9.5 percent was less than had been anticipated by analysts.
 
GGR came in at 17.3 billion patacas ($2.2 billion), a year-on-year decline of 9.5 percent instead of the expected 13.5 percent.
 
The April 2016 figures marked the twenty-third month of sliding revenues in the Asian gambling hub, and the percentage decline was substantially lower than the 16.3 percent decline recorded for March 2016.
 
Industry observers have speculated that the switch in operator emphasis from high rollers to the mass market player may be starting to produce results in a market that has been seriously impacted by the Chinese government's clampdown on high level corruption and conspicuous consumption in a slowing economy.