UPS

Online-shopping energizes UPS in second quarter

If you buy diapers online later this year, UPS begs you to avoid placing the order right around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

To drive home the point, the company with the big brown trucks will impose special surcharges for shipments during peak holiday weeks.

UPS executives gave more details about their planning for peak season on Thursday as they discussed second-quarter earnings, which rose 9 percent to $1.38 billion.

The profit topped Wall Street expectations, but UPS said earnings in the third quarter will be flat compared with a year ago, and tax benefits that helped fourth-quarter results last year won't be repeated.

UPS shares fell 4 percent, closing...

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