Blue Apron posts smaller income drop, narrower loss than anticipated

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blue Apron Holdings Inc (APRN.N) reported a smaller-than-expected income drop and quarterly loss on Tuesday after a expensive distribution hub change pressured it to slash advertising.

The meal-kit subscription service had 746,000 clients within the fourth quarter by means of Dec. 31, in comparison with 856,000 within the prior quarter and 879,000 a 12 months earlier. The advertising pullback got here regardless of mounting competitors for patrons from meal-kit rivals and Inc (AMZN.O).

Income was $187.7 million, down 13 % from a 12 months earlier however exceeding analyst estimates for $185.1 million.

New York-based Blue Apron had a web lack of 20 cents per share, beating analysts common estimate for a web lack of 27 cents per share, based on Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Shares surged 9 % in premarket buying and selling.

Reporting by Meredith Mazzilli; Enhancing by Bernadette Baum

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