Ad sales rise can't save Google parent Alphabet from profit slump

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Profits at Google's parent company Alphabet have fallen by 23 per cent in the face of rising costs.

Shares in the company dropped by 4 per cent in out-of-hours trading on news that profits had fallen by $1.7 billion during the third quarter.

Large investments in R&D and marketing hit the company's bottom line, including a big spend on new cloud computing technologies.

But the company's crucial ad sales business remained buoyant, rising to $33.92 billion from $28.95 billion in the same period last year.

Ad sales now account for as much as 85 per cent of Alphabet's total revenues.

In a statement, the company's chief financial officer Ruth Porat said: “As we’ve often discussed, we manage our business for the long term and not on a quarterly basis.

“We remain very focused on continuing to enhance the experience for users over the long term.”

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