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Rank Group is looking into the possibility of setting up a new casino in either Belfast city centre or the Titanic Quarter, with the creation of 400 jobs.

Rank Group has sold the assets of its Blue Square Bet business to Betfair for £5m.

Rank Group is to acquire 23 casinos from Gala Coral for £205m, and will convert them to the G Casino and Grosvenor brands.

Rank Group is said to be considering plans to start opening new Mecca bingo clubs, following a revival in fortunes at its existing 98 clubs.

Rank is planning to expand its chain of casinos to 45, including 30 in the G-Casino format, with the creation of 1,400 jobs over the next three years.

Rank Group has started recruiting up to 100 staff for a new £8m Grosvenor G Casino due to open at the Wharf Retail Park in Stockton later this year.

Rank Group is to be acquired by Guoco, as the Hong Kong-based investment group has increased its stake in the gaming operator to 56%.

Rank is to invest a further £50m in upgrades to its chain of bingo clubs and casinos this year.

Rank Group is planning to invest £50m in new casinos in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Scarborough, Stockton, Birkenhead, Edinburgh, Reading, Southend and the West Midlands over the next few years.

Rank Group has acquired the casino at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from Isle of Capri for £0.6m, and it will be converted into a G Casino at a cost of £1m.

Rank has secured licensing approval to set up a £6m casino in Southend-on-Sea.

Rank is to sell its Hard Rock business to Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment of the US for £490m, including 124 Hard Rock Cafes, four hotels and two casinos.

Rank has sold the Clermont Club casino in London to BIL International of Singapore for £31m.

Rank has announced that Deluxe Media Services has sold its Blackburn-based CD replication business to a subsidiary of Entertainment Distribution Company for £3m.

Rank is to sell its DVD replication and media distribution operations in West Sussex and Enfield to Sony for £5.9m.

Rank has sold its Deluxe film processing business to MacAndrews & Forbes of the US for £433m, in order to focus on gambling and leisure.

Rank is planning to expand its casino operations by applying for five new regional licences, and will open its first Blue Square betting shop in London.

Rank has submitted plans for the development of a £8m casino and bingo hall in Bolton.

Rank has sold its games and slot machine businesses, which trade under the names of Leisure Machine Services and Seasonal Amusements and employ 800 staff, to Gamestec Leisure for £30m.

Rank is looking to open five bingo and casino gaming complexes over the next five years at a cost of up to £30m, as part of its strategy to benefit from the changes to gambling legislation.

Rank has acquired Disctronics, the CD replicator with factories in Blackburn, Crawley, France and Italy, for £34m, in order to expand its Deluxe film services business.

Rank is linking up with Sol Melia to expand the Hard Rock hotel chain across Europe and Asia, with up to £600m of financing from Becker Ventures.

Rank is to acquire Blue Square, the internet and telephone betting company, for £65m.

Rank has secured a licence to set up a Hard Rock casino at the former Fashion Cafe in London's West End next year.

Rank is hoping to apply for casino licences at up to 60% of its 123 bingo clubs, and has also announced plans to open six Hard Rock cafes in the UK by the end of next year.

Rank is to relocate the Grosvenor Casino in Blackpool to the Sandcastle on the promenade this summer, at a cost of £3.5m.

Rank has sold its UK holiday business to Bourne Leisure Group for £700m, including Haven and Butlin's holiday camps, Warner country hotels and Oasis leisure parks.

Rank is planning to set up a Hard Rock Casino at the £150m Printworks development in Manchester.

Rank has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Universal Studios Escape, the Orlando theme park operation, to the Blackstone Group for £185m.

Rank has bought the London Park Tower Casino from London Clubs International for an initial £14m, in order to expand its Grosvenor Casinos division.

Rank has sold Pinewood Studios to a consortium backed by 3i for £62m, which could be followed by the sale of its remaining film-related activities.

Rank has acquired a digital disk duplication business from Pioneer North America for £11m, and will spend £6m expanding the facility.

Rank is selling its chain of 75 Odeon cinemas to Cinven for £280m, and the business will be merged with Cinven's 57 ABC cinemas.

Rank has announced plans to set up a £2.8m Grosvenor Casino at the Five Ways leisure development in Birmingham.

Rank Group is to open a new call centre in Bognor Regis to handle reservations for its holiday division, with 200 new jobs being created and a further 200 being relocated from other offices.

Rank has announced that more than 500 jobs will be created at the £40m Sky Dome leisure complex in Coventry.

Rank is seeking 180 staff for a new call centre at Bognor, which will become the national headquarters for holiday reservations for all Rank holiday companies.

Rank Group is acquiring Parkdean Holidays, the provider of self-catering holidays, from Vardon for £38m and will convert the 10 sites to its Haven format.

Rank Group is planning a £1.5bn expansion of its leisure division over the next five years, including new bingo clubs, bars, nightclubs and Odeon cinemas.

Rank Group is to open a £100m Oasis Forest Holiday Village in Cumbria in May, creating up to 900 jobs.

Rank Organisation has acquired the Canadian outlets of Hard Rock Cafes for £36m.

Rank Organisation is to sell its Shearings coach holiday business to a management buy-out, for a price expected to be around £80m.

Rank is acquiring the Tom Cobleigh pub group for £96m, and aims to integrate the brand into its other leisure outlets.

Rank Organisation is acquiring full control of the Hard Rock Cafes for $410m, thus gaining a further 13 outlets and 4 franchises.

Rank Organisation is to build a £80m Oasis holiday village near Folkestone, creating 700 jobs.

Rank has won planning permission to build an Oasis holiday village in the Lake District.