he newspaper quoted latest statistics from the city's Finance Service Bureau (DSF) as saying that the SAR government's income from gaming taxes rose 46.2 % year-on-year to US$ 4.39 billion between January and May.
Local casinos' direct tax rate stands at 35 % of their gross receipts.
The official figures also indicated that total revenue of the SAR government in the first five months amounted to US$ 5.2 billion, up 46.4 % year-on-year. Its total expenditure stood at US$ 1.52 billion, a year-on-year increase of 69.9 %.
The government's overall surplus grew 38.4 % year-on-year to US$ 3.68 billion, according to the figures.