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Priceline’s earnings surge by 28 percent

The actor William Shatner has long been the face of Priceline in television ads.

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The actor William Shatner has long been the face of Priceline in television ads.

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Priceline.com’s adjusted quarterly earnings beat the forecasts — up 28 percent — as international business surged. The online travel agency’s per-share earnings were $6.77; revenue was $1.19 billion, up nearly 33 percent over a year. CEO Jeffery H. Boyd said international bookings grew 43 percent, showing “the resilience of the business in 2012 despite economic uncertainty in our core European market.” Priceline forecasts first-quarter 2013 earnings of $4.90 to $5.30, versus an average analyst estimate of $5.14.

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