Shares of UPS fall after company says higher rates in Q2 offset lower-than-expected volumes

A United Parcel Service worker delivers packages in New York City.

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Shares of United Parcel Service fell Tuesday morning after the company said higher rates offset lower-than-expected delivery volumes in the second quarter.

The Atlanta-based company said volumes declined and fell short of its forecast by 222,000 packages per day. It attributed the miss partially to reductions in its contracts with customers like Amazon.

“We project by the end of this year that Amazon revenue will be less than 11% of our total revenue,” said CEO Carol B. Tome, noting that UPS agreed to a level that makes sense for it and will give the company room to grow in other areas.

UPS stood by its full-year financial outlook after posting earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street expectations.

The company’s stock closed down about 3% at $181.53.

For the quarter, the company reported adjusted earnings of $3.29 per share, which was more than the $3.16 per share analysts expected. Revenue for the period was $24.77 billion, also topping the $24.63 billion Wall Street expected.

The strong dollar hurt UPS international business, reducing international revenue by $261 million and profits by $60 million.

For the second half of the year, Chief Financial Officer Brian Newman said that the company anticipates that volume growth rates “will improve slightly” with full-year GDP growth expected to slow.

The company reaffirmed its outlook for full-year revenue of $102 billion and adjusted operating margin of about 13.7%.

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