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Fintech firm Klarna halves net loss in first quarter as it races toward profitability

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Klarna, the Swedish buy now, pay later fintech company, halved its net loss in the first quarter, recording a significant improvement in its bottom line after a major cost-cutting drive.

The company posted a net loss of 1.3 billion Swedish krona ($120.7 million), down 50% from the 2.6 billion krona loss in the same period a year ago.

Klarna reported total net operating income of 5 billion Swedish krona, up 22% year-over-year. «This quarter we've impressively managed to grow GMV and revenue, at the same time as we cut costs and credit losses, and also investing ambitiously in AI driven products,» Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski said in a statement. «We are on track to achieve profitability this year all while revolutionizing shopping and payments through our AI-powered approach.» Siemiatkowski previously told CNBC the company was planning to achieve profitability in the second half of 2023.

Klarna attributed the latest reduction in losses to a fall in customer defaults thanks to an improvement in its underwriting, as well as to diversification into other sources of revenue, such as marketing.

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