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Google's 4Q results miss analyst targets
Google's 4Q earnings growth slows dramatically, disappointing investors; stock plunges
By The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' Google's earnings growth slowed dramatically in the fourth quarter as the holiday shopping season turned into a major letdown for investors.

The results announced Thursday fell way below the lofty expectations of stock market analysts. That caused Google's shares to plunge more than 9 percent after the numbers were released.

Google Inc. earned $2.7 billion, or $8.22 per share, during the October-to-December period. That's just a 6 percent increase from $2.5 billion, or $7.81 per share, at the same time in 2010.

If not for certain items, Google says it would have earned $9.50 per share. Analysts had expected $10.51 per share.

Revenue climbed 25 percent from the previous year to nearly $10.6 billion.

After subtracting ad commissions, Google's revenue totaled $8.1 billion. That was about $300 million below estimates.

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