TripAdvisor sinks aftermarket as expenses grow and 2nd-quarter results fall short of estimates

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Shares of TripAdvisor slumped in aftermarket trading after the travel website operator said its expenses rose in the second quarter, countering growth in its revenue.

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TripAdvisor said its sales and marketing costs and other expenses rose from a year ago, and its net income and revenue fell short of Wall Street estimates even though its revenue increased 25 percent. Its shares lost $8.42, or 9 percent, to $84.95 in aftermarket trading.

The company said its net income fell 15 percent to $58 million, or 40 cents per share. Excluding one-time items like amortization costs, TripAdvisor Inc. said it earned 54 cents per share. Revenue climbed to $405 million.

Analysts had forecast a profit of 56 cents per share and $413.2 million in revenue, according to Zacks Investment Research.

TripAdvisor Inc. shares have risen 25 percent this year and closed at $93.37 on Thursday. However the stock has fallen 13 percent over the last 12 months.

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