Shares in Australian gaming supplier Aristocrat Leisure rose by more than 10 per cent in Sydney Thursday after the company reported profit significantly ahead of market expectations for the half year period ended March 31st.

Aristocrat said that the strong first half performance was driven by significant share and profit growth across core markets and segments, particularly US Class III premium gaming operations following its acquisition of Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) in 2014, Australian outright sales, and its digital social gaming segment via Product Madness.

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