'After canvassing views from a number of major shareholders, the board has decided that it will not pursue discussions'
Four big chains controlled 87 per cent of UK betting shops before the deal. That will go down to three if sale of more than 300 shops to Betfred persuades competition watchdogs to green light Ladborkes and Coral merger
Regulators had ordered the sale after finding that the deal could lead to a worsening of comptition
The market added nearly £130m to the company's value when Hill's biggest shareholder said it would oppose a merger with Canadian gambling outfit Amaya
Football results have been favouring the bookie and fuelling profits. However, this is not necessarily a good time to buy the shares
The merger between two of the largest bookmakers in the country would reduce competition and choice for customers in a large number of local areas, according to the competition watchdog
The bookmaker is in a mess otherwise the pair of smaller gambling companies - worth £1bn less combined than Hill's - might have been laughed off. Meanwhile others could be waiting in the wings
In a statement, 888 and Rank said they saw benefits to merging their in-store and online operations with William Hill
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Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on who will play the new Doctor Who after a rush of wagers on Peter Capaldi, best known for his role as the foul-mouthed, tyrannical spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the political satire The Thick of It.
Peter Capaldi has become the bookies’ latest favourite to play the title role in Doctor Who.
George remains the firm favourite as thousands head to place bets on the name chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge