Fitbit kit not a hit

Fitbit is giving investors cause for concern after the wearables company posted a 43 per cent drop in profits, year on year.

The fall comes despite seeing Q3 2016 revenues climb by 23 per cent to $504m and total unit sales were up by 11 per cent. The company noted the profit fall was based on a number of factors, including a 91 per cent increase in its R&D spending.

More concerning, however, were the company's expectations for the holiday season. Fitbit estimates that its busiest sales period of the year will probably only see sales grow by about 2 to 5 per cent over the year-ago quarter.

Investors gave the company a right kicking in after-hours trading, as Fitbit stock fell by 29 per cent to $9 per share, less than half of its 2015 IPO starting price. ®

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