Groupon sells 500 percent more holiday deals

Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:41pm EST

A man looks at an ad as he walks past a bus stop near Groupon Inc corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Frank Polich

A man looks at an ad as he walks past a bus stop near Groupon Inc corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Frank Polich

(Reuters) - Groupon Inc's shares rose more than 9 percent on Wednesday after Chief Executive Andrew Mason emerged from the company's post-IPO quiet period to share holiday sales numbers.

Groupon sold more than 650,000 holiday deals between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, an increase of 500 percent compared with last year, Mason said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The largest daily-deal company's shares have been slammed in recent weeks on concern about increased competition. The stock has fallen by nearly half since hitting a high of $31.14 on its November 4 market debut.

Groupon shares rose 9.3 percent to close at $17.44 on Nasdaq, but were still below the $20 IPO price.

LivingSocial, which is Groupon's closest rival and partly owned by Amazon.com Inc, offered more than 20 deals with national merchants for Black Friday shopping.

As of Tuesday afternoon, LivingSocial was on course to sell 325,000 to 350,000 national holiday deals.

Companies and executives are restricted from speaking publicly in the first weeks after an IPO, but Mason said on Wednesday that the quiet period for Groupon was over.

The 31-year-old CEO is scheduled to speak at a Credit Suisse technology conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, later on Wednesday.

"Our IPO process was a wild ride, but we're excited to get back to business and are focused squarely on the future," Mason wrote. "We're back to communicating like a normal company again ... well, as normal as we can muster at Groupon."

(Reporting by Phil Wahba in New York and Alistair Barr in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Maureen Bavdek)

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CPFftw wrote:
Groupon – not a sustainable business model. It is a pyramid scheme the relies on new business signups. Once they run out of willing businesses to sign on with groupon they are done. Once their existing customer base realizes they will only lose money being in bed with groupon no new customers will be available. If investors are really that willing to throw their money away you guys can send it to me instead. I promise to waste it much more creatively!

Nov 30, 2011 2:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
noname1000 wrote:
ANdrew mason is such a clown, i mean look at this idiot, everything he has ever done. From that stupid yoga video, to the portrait of him smiling like a retard during that tech convention, to all the stupid comments he says in his videos. If Groupon wants investors to start taking them serious, they have to get rid of the clown because as an investor, i am not convinced that a clown can take this company far, amidst of all the groupon controversy.

Nov 30, 2011 4:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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