Groupon Stock Plunges to New Low
80 workers laid off as firm faces trouble in Europe
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 9, 2012 5:10 AM CST
This Oct. 21, 2011 file photo shows the Groupon logo inside the online coupon company's offices, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – Saddled by weak performance in Europe, Groupon's struggles continue: Its shares dropped to $3.25 in after-hours trading yesterday, sinking below analysts' already muted expectations. The plunge marked a 17% drop from its $3.92 closing price. Since its IPO, the company has lost four-fifths of its value, Reuters notes. Seeking a leaner operation, the company yesterday said it had laid off some 80 employees.

The company's third-quarter revenue was $568.6 million, below analysts' expectations of $590 million; it saw a quarterly net loss of $3 million, compared to a loss of $54.2 million in the third quarter of last year. North American revenue climbed 80% to $292 million, but in Europe, where the company cites "continued challenges," it climbed just 3% to $277 million.

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Nov 10, 2012 10:27 PM CST
why doesn't Obama bail them out
Nov 10, 2012 3:19 PM CST
crappy idea anyway. Will be bankrupt in less than a year.
Nov 9, 2012 9:51 AM CST
Perhaps the problem is that more and more businesses are finding that Groupon is a bad deal for them, even though it is a good deal for their customers.