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Monday 21 August 2017

William Hill sees nothing in 888-Rank approach to merit talks

Dean Winstanley during his match against Darren Webster during the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace. Clive Gee/PA Wire
Dean Winstanley during his match against Darren Webster during the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace. Clive Gee/PA Wire

Paul Sandle

Bookmaker William Hill said it remained firmly opposed to engaging with 888 Holdings and Rank Group after the two companies set out more details of their unsolicited £3.16bn approach.

"The Board of William Hill continues to believe that the proposal is highly opportunistic and does not reflect the inherent value of the group," the company said on Thursday.

Casino and bingo hall operator Rank and online gambling group 888 said on Wednesday the combination would create Britain's largest multi-channel gambling operator by revenue and profit, and result in cost savings of £100m a year.

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