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VOL. 127 | NO. 65 | Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Groupon Restatement Sparks More Worries

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NEW YORK (AP) – Groupon's announcement that its revenue and earnings were lower than what it reported in February is sparking fresh worries about its business model.

Trouble arose when the young online deals site said late Friday that it needed to increase the money it set aside for refunds. Now, investors are selling, and some analysts are wondering if Groupon will be able to outgrow its growing pains.

Others say it's just a hiccup for a fast-growing company that basically created the daily deals market.

This isn't the first time that Groupon has had to change its accounting. Last year it got in trouble for reporting its gross billings, not just the money it gets to keep from its deals, as revenue.

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PROPERTY SALES 92 480 7,835
MORTGAGES 115 551 8,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 33 1,128
BUILDING PERMITS 325 1,167 17,068
BANKRUPTCIES 39 311 5,159
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 161 3,382
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 24 114 2,268
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 126 1,592