Shares in William Hill soared by more than 10 per cent in London Wednesday after the UK bookmaker raised its interim dividend and saw net revenue increase by 3 per to £837.0m during the first half of 2017.

William Hill said that the first half performance reflected improvements made in its Online business, with the operator making good progress on its transformation programme.

Amounts wagered increased across all four divisions during the period, and while sportsbook revenue was weighed down by lower gross win margins due to unfavourable footballs results, gaming revenue increased across both Online and Retail.

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