China's top online travel agent posted a dip in quarterly earnings, sending its shares sliding even as it predicted robust fourth-quarter sales and said it had won market share.

Ctrip International Ltd., part-owned by top Japanese online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. expects fourth-quarter net revenues to grow about 40 percent. Analysts' average fourth-quarter estimates had called for revenue of $28.4 million - an increase of about half from a year ago.

"We are gaining more share from other players in the market," chief executive Min Fan told investors on a conference call.

The Shanghai-based company, which books hotels, flights and packaged tours across China, said net quarterly revenue rose to 208 million yuan from 141 million yuan.

But expenses climbed after it added staff and booked 14 million yuan in share-based compensation charges.

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