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JD’s first-quarter revenue beats estimates

Chinese online retailer on Thursday reported first-quarter revenue that beat market estimates, as deep price cuts helped boost sales that had been hit hard by cautious customer sentiment.

US listed shares of the company rose about 3.5 per cent in premarket trading. and bigger rival Alibaba Group have been lowering prices and offering discounts to maintain market share in the world’s second largest economy where consumers are gravitating toward low-cost, discount-focused platforms. has also been growing its logistics, electronics and home appliances divisions. On Tuesday, Alibaba reported an 86% drop in quarterly profit, primarily due to valuation change from equity investment, though it beat revenue estimates.

Net revenue rose 7 per cent to US$36.02 billion in January-March, versus the $35.662 billion average of 21 analyst estimates compiled by LSEG. Analysts see full-year sales growing 6.7 per cent. reported net income attributable to shareholders of $986.6 million, up nearly 14 per cent from $866.2 million a year earlier.

  • Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru and Casey Hall in Shanghai; Editing by Christopher Cushing, of Reuters.
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