Aug 22, 2001 8:05 PM

The 30 regulated casinos in Mississippi posted the best month in what has been a less-than-spectacular year.

The casino brought in $254.1 million in gross revenue for July, a two-percent rise. The 12 casinos along the coast posted a three percent gain in gross revenue compared to July 2000. The Mississippi River casinos were up less than one percent.

Biloxi-based Isle of Capri Casinos, blaming the sluggish economy, reported an earnings decline of more than 40 percent for the three-month period ending July 29. Aggressive spending on marketing was credited with the overall gain across the state.