Mohegan Sun casinos post steep fall in profit

In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, patrons play craps at tables at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, patrons play craps at tables at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania has reported a nearly 32 percent drop in second-quarter profit, driven largely by lower slot machine revenue.

The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority reported Wednesday that net income for the quarter ending March 31 was $9.6 million, down 31.6 percent from the same period last year.

Revenue was $316.7 million, down about 3 percent from last year’s second quarter.

Chief Executive Mitchell Grossinger Etess blamed factors beyond the casinos’ control, such as extreme winter weather and a persistently weak economy. Still, he said the Uncasville, Conn., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., sites “performed quite well” despite the larger problems.

Non-gambling revenue of $60.5 million was up 9.6 percent.

The fall in second-quarter profit followed a 36 percent dive in first-quarter profit.

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