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Diet Seller WW Drops on Sales Miss, Slowing Signups

Jeran Wittenstein

(Bloomberg) -- WW International Inc. shares tumbled after reporting third-quarter revenue that missed analyst estimates and a smaller subscriber base than a quarter earlier.

The company formerly known as Weight Watchers had revenue of $348.6 million, which trailed the average analyst estimate at $352.5 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Subscribers totaled 4.4 million at the end of the quarter, an increase of 6% from the same period a year ago, but down from 4.6 million in the second quarter. The stock fell as much as 17% in extended trading.

Shares of the New York-based company have soared since its earnings report in August showed subscribers didn’t decline in the second quarter, bucking a seasonal trend. The stock had gained 79% since August 6, based on Tuesday’s closing price.

WW also raised its annual earnings per share forecast to $1.63 to $1.75 from $1.55 to $1.70. The midpoint of that range exceeded the average analyst estimate of $1.66.

(Corrects year EPS estimate in the final paragraph of story first published Nov. 5.)

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