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UPS beats profit estimates on online delivery momentum

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  • United Parcel Service beat Wall Street estimates for second-quarter revenue on Tuesday, helped by e-commerce deliveries, air shipments and specialized handling of healthcare products such as Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Revenue in its core U.S. domestic unit rose 10.2%, while the international segment jumped 30%, boosted by Europe.
  • Excluding items, UPS earned $3.06 per share in the second quarter, above analysts' estimates of $2.82, according to Refinitiv data.

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UPS sees revenue, EPS beat in second-quarter earnings report

United Parcel Service beat Wall Street estimates for second-quarter profit and revenue on Tuesday, helped by e-commerce deliveries, air shipments and specialized handling of healthcare products such as Covid-19 vaccines.

Analysts expect the company to benefit from sustained volume growth as people prefer to order online rather than visit stores due to the spread of coronavirus variants.

Healthcare deliveries, including temperature-monitored shipments vaccines, are among the most profitable for the company.

Under Chief Executive Officer Carol Tomé, UPS has been reining in costs and focusing on high margin packages under her "better not bigger" strategy.

Revenue in its core U.S. domestic unit rose 10.2%, while the international segment jumped 30%, boosted by Europe.

UPS has said rate hikes and increased business from small and medium-sized businesses are expected to generate about half of the margin in the company's core U.S. market.

Excluding items, UPS earned $3.06 per share in the second quarter, above analysts' estimates of $2.82, according to Refinitiv data.

Total revenue jumped 14.5% to $23.42 billion, beating estimates of $23.24 billion.

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