Expedia profit plunges 90 percent because of Hawaii tax dispute

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) - Online travel agency Expedia says revenue rose in the fourth quarter on strong hotel bookings but profit dropped 90% because of money set aside for a tax dispute in Hawaii.

Expedia Inc. said Tuesday that it earned $6.7 million in 2012's final three months, down from $70.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The company says that without the Hawaiian tax issue and other one-items, it would've earned 63 cents per share. FactSet says that analysts, who exclude items, were expecting 65 cents per share.

Revenue was up 24% to $974.9 million.

Expedia's shares were up $2.34, or 3.6%, to $67.50 in regular trading, and gained another $2.92, or 4.3%, to $70.42, in the first few minutes of extended trading after the report.

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