In an update on third quarter trading, Ladbroke said that sales of the game, linked to the National Lottery, "have not been at predicted levels". Easy Play, launched in August, had a turnover of pounds 800,000 a week, well below the company's expectations of "a few millions", a spokesman said. The lesiure group reported an advance of around 20 per cent in third quarter profits. The performance was driven by a good showing in its betting business which offset some weakness in the Hilton hotels division.
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