Macau casino revenue rises 5.7 pct in Feb

HONG KONG, March 1 (REUTERS) - - Gambling revenue in the Chinese territory of Macau rose 5.7 percent in February, less than analysts had expected for the big-spending holiday period but still the 19th month of consecutive gains.

Macau's Gaming Inspection and Coordination bureau on Thursday said revenue rose to 24.3 billion patacas ($3.02 billion), against analyst expectations of 7-12 percent growth.

($1 = 8.0360 patacas) (Reporting by Farah Master Editing by Stephen Coates)