Uber shares skid as losses widen

File: Uber's licence in London currently expires on 25 November.

File: Uber's licence in London currently expires on 25 November.

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SAN FRANCISCO - Uber shares skidded after the ride-hailing giant reported widening losses in the just-ended quarter as it boosted investment in new services and features.

San Francisco-based Uber reported a loss of $1.2-billion, up from a loss of $986-million a year ago.

Uber revenue was up 30 percent to $3.8-billion in the quarter on growth in its shared rides service as well as its Eats restaurant meal delivery service and its Freight platform that matches shippers with truckers.

"Our results this quarter decisively demonstrate the growing profitability of our Rides segment," said Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi.

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The number of people using Uber's platform monthly grew 26 percent to 103 million, while the number of trips taken by riders rose 31 percent to nearly 1.8 billion, according to the earnings report.

Uber shares were down more than five percent in after-market trade that followed release of the earnings figures.

Some of the downward pressure on Uber's stock price could be due to concerns about what will happen when a "lock-up" period preventing early investors, founders and employees from selling shares ends Wednesday.

"There is a lot of supply that is going to hit the marketplace, so you don't know what is really going to happen," Uber chief financial officer Nelson Chai said of shares being unlocked.