Tuesday 30 April 2019 4:30 pm

Not so lucky: Google’s share price falls eight per cent after disappointing results

Shares in Google’s parent company Alphabet fell more than eight per cent in early trading in the US today after its results for the first quarter disappointed last night.

Revenue rose 16.7 per cent to $36.3bn (£27.8bn) for the three ended 31 March, its slowest pace in three years, missing analyst estimates of $37.3bn according to data from Refinitiv.

It posted reported net income of $7.7bn or $9.50 per share, down from $9.4bn or $13.33 per share in the same period last year.

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The company was fined €1.5bn (£1.3bn) by the European Commission in March for having placed anti-competitive advertising restrictions on websites using its search tools. Excluding the fine, the firm earned $11.90 per share.

“We delivered robust growth led by mobile search, Youtube, and Cloud with Alphabet revenues of $36.3bn, up 17 per cent versus last year, or 19 per cent on a constant currency basis,” said Ruth Porat, chief financial officer of Alphabet and Google.

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“We remain focused on, and excited by, the significant growth opportunities across our businesses.”

Advertising made up 85 per cent of Google's quarterly revenue at $30.7bn, while its so-called other bets category – which houses experimental projects such as its self-driving unit Waymo – made a loss of $868m on revenue of $170m.

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