Roundup: Riverboat casinos / US factories / Children’s book publishers 

Gaming numbers: Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos collectively raked in some $20.1 million in revenues last month, a 5% increase over February 2019. The Belle of Baton Rouge once again led the city in losses, bringing in nearly $2.3 million, a 10% drop from last year, while L’Auberge posted a nearly 12% increase in revenue. Statewide, the riverboat casinos brought in nearly $155.5 million, a 3.8% increase over February 2019. Read the full report. 

Manufacturing: Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose by a solid amount in February, but the gain came before the coronavirus had shut down much of the country, the Commerce Department said this morning. According to the report, durable goods orders rose 1.2% last month, rebounding from January when orders had shown a tiny 0.1% gain. Read the full story.

Educational books: Sales of juvenile nonfiction in the categories of education, reference and language rose by nearly 40% during the week ending March 14, according to NPD BookScan, The New York Times reports. Likely a result of schools being closed, around half the books on Amazon’s top 100 print best-seller list are educational kids’ books and activity books, boosting publishers in a time where most businesses are struggling. Read the full story.  

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