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Gambling group Rank revenue falls, warns on profit

LONDON (Reuters) - Gambling firm Rank Group (LSE:RNK) warned its first half profit will be lower than last year, dragging down its full-year expectations after revenues fell during the summer and a disappointing performance at its bingo chain Mecca.

Rank, majority-owned by Malaysia's Guoco Group <0053.HK>, said it will be taking action to cut costs after like-for-like revenues fell 7 percent in the 15 weeks to October 13.

"The board anticipates operating profit for the full year to be marginally below market expectations," Rank said in a trading statement, forecasting a stronger second half to its financial year.

(Reporting by Lorraine Turner; editing by Keith Weir)