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Twitter reports lackluster user growth, ${esc.dollar}243 mln revenue

Source: Reuters - Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:30 GMT
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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc reported anemic user growth during the final three months of 2013, sending shares sinking after its first quarterly report as a public company.

Shares dropped more than 10 percent to $58 in after hours trading.

The company reported $243 million in revenue during the fourth quarter, topping investors' expectations of $218.2 million, on average.

But user growth, a closely watched metric, appeared to falter. It averaged 241 million monthly users, up just 3.8 percent from the previous quarter - the lowest rate since Twitter began disclosing its user figures.

Twitter's user numbers grew at 10 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent during the first three quarters of the year, respectively.

Twitter, which held a highly-anticipated initial public offering in November at $26 a share, has divided investor opinion in the months since as shares more than doubled to more than $66 despite an absence of news. (Reporting by Gerry Shih; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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