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Weight Watchers: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

NEW YORK (AP) _ Weight Watchers International Inc. (WW) on Thursday reported a first-quarter loss of $10.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.

On a per-share basis, the New York-based company said it had a loss of 16 cents.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 26 cents per share.

The weight-loss program operator posted revenue of $363.2 million in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $362.2 million.

Weight Watchers expects full-year earnings to be $1.35 to $1.55 per share, with revenue expected to be $1.4 billion.

Weight Watchers shares have fallen 47% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $20.29, a drop of 72% in the last 12 months.

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