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Coupang’s losses mushroom after fire

Coupang’s office in Songpa District, southern Seoul, on June 20. [NEWS1]

Coupang’s office in Songpa District, southern Seoul, on June 20. [NEWS1]

 
Coupang Inc.’s losses continued to grow massively after going public earlier this year.
 
The Delaware-based retailer on Wednesday reported a second quarter net loss of $518.6 million, 408 percent larger than a year earlier, on sales that grew 71 percent to $4.48 billion.
 
A fire at a fulfillment center in Korea more than doubled the loss.
 
Coupang was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in March. It raised $4.6 billion but its stock price has languished between $30 to $40 after reaching a peak of $69 on its first day of trading.
 
Coupang said a June fire at a fulfillment center in Icheon, Gyeonggi caused $158 million in inventory losses and property and equipment losses of $127 million.
 
Total active customers increased 26 percent in the second quarter to reach 17 million and revenue per active customers grew 36 percent on year to $263.
 
Active customers are individuals who have ordered at least once directly from Coupang apps or websites during the relevant period.  
Coupang shares fell 4 percent on Wednesday to $37.2.  
 
Coupang Inc. runs Seoul-based e-commerce company Coupang Corp. and Coupang Eats, which offers food delivery service.  
It has nine offices globally, including in Seoul, Beijing, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.  
 

BY JIN MIN-JI [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]
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