Casinos in the Chinese enclave of Macau generated combined 20.1 billion patacas (US$2.5 billion) in March revenue, an increase of 48 percent over 2010 figures and the first time monthly casino revenue has surpassed 20 billion patacas.  

What makes this revenue performance particularly noteworthy is the fact that March is usually considered an off month for Macau casinos. “This growth is impressive,” Aaron Fischer, an analyst for CLSA Ltd. told theTaipei Times. “March is a ‘normal’ month, a relatively low season with companies using this period to reconfigure gaming floors or maintenance, add in new VIP rooms to gear up for the Golden Week holidays.”  

Macau casinos have generated a combined 58.5 billion patacas in revenue for the first three months of 2011, a 43 percent spike over 2010 results, reports the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.