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Uber Profitable for the First Time: A-Level Business in the News

Mike Mills

9th February 2024

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What's the story?

Uber has reported its first-ever operating profit in its latest quarterly results, marking a major milestone for the ride-hailing company that has racked up massive losses since its founding.

The profit of $326 million comes as Uber saw a 22% increase in trips over the past year. This growth in demand, along with cost discipline, contributed to the turnaround.

Uber's CEO highlighted that drivers earned record income of over $15 billion during the quarter. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations, driving Uber's shares up in pre-market trading.

While notable, Uber has posted net profits before due to one-time gains. This quarter marks the first time its core operations have been profitable. The results come after years of expansion losses and regulatory battles, including UK court rulings to classify drivers as workers entitled to benefits.

Uber appears to be turning an important corner but still faces challenges ahead to sustain profitability.

Uber bookings lead to full-year profits

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Mike Mills

Mike is an experienced Head of Department, teacher and A-level Business examiner. Mike is also a popular presenter on tutor2u CPD courses and student workshops.

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