Two of Britain’s best-loved bookies says punters aren’t visiting their shops as much these days.

The UK’s biggest bookmaker, Ladbrokes, and Dublin-based rival, Paddy Power, both say the credit crunch is making gamblers SPEND LESS.

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Ladbrokes UK wagers at their High Street outlets FELL in the four months through October, the company said today, but wouldn’t go into greater detail.

So-called gross win — or the amount lost by gamblers — was unchanged, while winnings at Irish stores open a year or more slid 11 per cent.

Paddy Power also said betting shop takings have dropped in the last 19 weeks.

However, trade at the company’s remote gambling arm — online and telephone betting — ROSE 13 per cent over the 12 months, while Ladbrokes’ online recorded a 22 PER CENT INCREASE.






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