(Reuters) - Priceline Group Inc <PCLN.O> on Wednesday reported a first-quarter profit above analysts' estimates as its customers booked more nights in hotels than a year earlier.
Priceline Group, the world's most profitable online travel services company, said it earned $374 million.
Excluding special items such as stock-based employee compensation, earnings increased 24 percent from a year earlier to $532 million, or $10.54 per share. Analysts estimated on average had expected $9.65 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
(Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)