April Gaming State of Play: How many eggs in your basket?
April was a relatively good month for poker machine gaming in Clubs and Hotels. Queensland venues were up 1.59% on April last year but the month had one less trading day due to the fall of Easter. Hotels maintained the largest share of eggs in their basket, up +2.5% and Clubs up +0.46%.
Many venues will often analyse April and March to eliminate the Easter impacts. March and April combined showed growth of +3.05% on the two months in 2018 for the state. Hotels with an increase of +3.74% and Clubs +2.17%.
Nine of the fifteen months recorded increases in the LGA areas this month, the highest growth was in Mount Isa, Cairns and Moreton Bay. The two-year comparison shows a number of areas with double-digit growth including Townsville, Rockhampton and Cairns.
The Logan LGA maintains the highest ADR at $219. Townsville and Brisbane LGA’s follow again this month on $182 and $177 respectively. Seven out of the 15 LGA areas are above the reported Queensland ADR of $156.
From an SA4 perspective, Townsville, Central Queensland and Cairns recorded the highest growth in April. The areas of Logan-Beaudesert, Brisbane South and Brisbane North hold the highest ADR this month followed by Moreton Bay South.
The Westpac Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index rose 1.9% to 100.7 in April from 98.8 in March, coinciding with the consumer reactions to the Federal Budget. Responses suggest that the Budget was well-received particularly amongst low and middle income earners which the short term measures are clearly targeted at.
Weak wages growth, falling house prices and perceived rising cost of living continue to dominate many consumer concerns though and are reflected somewhat in the index components (highlighted below):
All of the indexes and their movements are highlighted below:
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