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UPS revenue tops estimates as pandemic drives e-commerce deliveries

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Key Points
  • United Parcel Service topped Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue on Tuesday
  • The world's biggest parcel delivery company benefited from a surge in online purchases during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • UPS has been experiencing a boom in e-commerce deliveries as consumers staying at home during the pandemic order everything from exercise bikes to sofas.

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An employee sorts packages at the United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) Chicago Area Consolidation Hub in Hodgkins, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
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United Parcel Service topped Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue on Tuesday, as the world's biggest parcel delivery company benefited from a surge in online purchases during the Covid-19 pandemic, sending its shares up 6%.

UPS has been experiencing a boom in e-commerce deliveries as consumers staying at home during the pandemic order everything from exercise bikes to sofas.

Rival Deutsche Post last month raised its medium-term financial targets, predicting that the boom in e-commerce driven by the coronavirus outbreak would continue and world trade would gradually recover.

UPS, which is also delivering Covid-19 vaccines, said revenue in its U.S. domestic unit rose 22.3%, led by growth from small- and medium-sized businesses.

Excluding items, the company earned $2.77 per share.

Total revenue rose 27% to $22.9 billion, beating estimates of $20.49 billion, according to Refinitiv data.