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UPS 1Q profit falls 12 percent as winter storms raise costs, cut into revenue

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DALLAS — First-quarter revenue at UPS slumped 12 percent as winter storms increased costs for the shipping giant and cut into its revenue.

The Atlanta company said Thursday that the rough start to the year means that full-year earnings will come in at the low end of its earlier forecasts.

UPS Inc. reported net income of $911 million, or 98 cents per share, well short of the $1.08 that Wall Street was expecting and less than the $1.04 billion, or $1.08 per share, it earned a year earlier.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, file photo, a UPS driver drives after a delivery in North Andover, Mass. UPS reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, file photo, a UPS driver drives after a delivery in North Andover, Mass. UPS reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

UPS said winter storms reduced operating profit by $200 million as costs rose.

Revenue increased by 2.6 percent to $13.78 billion, but that was still shy of the $13.91 billion that analysts had forecast, according to a FactSet survey.

Average daily shipments in the U.S. rose 4.2 percent, but at the same time, revenue per package fell at home and abroad as customers shifted toward lower-priced services.

UPS said that full-year earnings would be at the low end of its earlier forecast of between $5.05 and $5.30 per share. Analysts expect $5.18 per share.

Shares of UPS Inc. fell $1.31 to $97.93 before the opening bell Thursday. They are down 6 percent so far in 2014.

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