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Tech Industry 3Q loss smaller than expected Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN) posted a smaller-than-expected loss in its third quarter Thursday, losing $11.9 million, or 8 cents a share, on sales of $152.2 million.

    First Call consensus expected the online travel company to lose 10 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares closed up 1 1/8 to 67 7/8 ahead of the earnings report.

    The $152.2 million in sales represents a staggering 1,551 percent improvement versus the year-ago quarter when it lost $19.8 million on sales of only $9.2 million.

    In the quarter,'s added 908,000 new customers in the quarter, up 21 percent from the 748,000 it added in the second quarter.

    "Revenues grew as we built a strong base of first-time and repeat customers through customer satisfaction, advertising and word-of-mouth," said CEO Richard Braddock in a prepared release.,'s chairman and CEO. ``In addition to attracting 908,000 new customers in the third quarter, repeat users during the quarter made up 31% of all net unique offers." shares rallied up to a 52-week high of 165 before sliding to a low of 53 1/2 in September.

    Nine of the 10 analysts following the stock rate it either a "buy" or "strong buy."

    First Call consensus expects it to lose 41 cents a share in the fiscal year.