UPS announced their first quarter results this afternoon, citing a better than expected post-Christmas season and the surge in e-commerce as contributing factors to their 2.2% growth in revenue. Operating profit also increased by $100 million compared to the first quarter of 2012. The courier company delivered an average of 16.2 million packages per day in the January-March 2013, an increase of 4.1% on the previous year.
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The U.S. Domestic operation saw the greatest increases in revenue ($267 million) and operating profit ($90 million) of all branches of the organisation. International operations saw slight increases in revenue and average daily volume along with a 14% decrease in operating profit from $408 to $352 million. The Supply Chain and Freight branch of the business increased revenues by $200 million while profits fell by $20 million to $143 million. UPS cited overcapacity in trans-Pacific trade lanes as the reason for the decrease.
UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn commented, "January started strong [and] the pace of growth for the remainder of the quarter was in line with our expectations."