GREENWICH, CT -- United Rentals, Inc. reported a loss from continuing operations of $17 million (GAAP basis) on revenues of $597 million.
The company said rental revenue increased 10.4% during the quarter.
Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, "We once again outperformed our markets, with double-digit increases in rental revenue and volume, and record time utilization for the quarter. Underlying these numbers is a systemic focus on profitability that has helped us limit costs and turn the corner on rates. Our year-over-year rate performance was positive for the first time in 15 quarters, driven by an increase in demand and our internal pricing initiatives. This is a very strong close to the year, and gives us excellent momentum going into 2011."
Kneeland continued, "This year is about profitable growth for United Rentals. We are continuing to strengthen our metrics, our margins and the levers that drive them, particularly our customer service structure. Our strategy has been to stay in front of key customer segments through the worst of times, earning their confidence for exactly this point in the cycle. As a result, we expect to outpace what we see as a modest recovery in our end markets."