Ladbrokes is 2pc faller
LADBROKES' customers shunned betting shops and the gaming machines inside during July's heatwave.
This contributed to a slide in first-half operating profit which underscored the need to build up its online business.
Britain's second largest bookmaker has been less successful than larger rival William Hill in exploiting the growing online market and expanding overseas.
Overall group operating profit fell almost 2pc to £85.7m (€99.5m), the company said.