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Priceline profit jumps 36 pct as hotel, car rental bookings rise

May 8 (Reuters) - Priceline Group Inc, owner of the online travel agency known for its "name-your-own-price" services, reported a 36 percent rise in quarterly profit, as hotel and car rental bookings increased.

The company's net income rose to $331.2 million, or $6.25 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31 from $244.2 million, or $4.76 per share, a year earlier. (http://r.reuters.com/vyn29v)

Revenue rose 26 percent to $1.64 billion.

(Reporting by Rohit T.K. in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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