Expedia's 3Q loss smaller than expected

Expedia beat Street estimates in its third quarter Monday, posting a loss of $17.3m, or 40 cents a share, on sales of $58.8m

First Call consensus expected the online travel service to lose 57 cents a share in the quarter.

Ahead of the earnings report, Expedia shares closed up 4 7/16, or 29 percent, to 19 1/2.

The former Microsoft unit said its total gross booking jumped 60 percent from the second quarter to more than $401m (£256m).

"Commissions and fees from the sale of airline tickets now represent less than 30 percent of our revenues and less than 40 percent of our gross profit," said CEO Richard Burton in a prepared release.

Including one-time charges, Expedia lost $66.5m, or $1.56 a share, in the quarter.

Last quarter, Expedia posted better-than-expected results, losing $5.9m, or 16 cents a share, on sales of $17.8m.

Its shares peaked at 65 7/8 in December before falling to a low of 13 in April.

All four analysts following the stock maintain either a "buy" or "strong buy" recommendation.

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