Gross bookings in the fourth quarter grew 21%, driven mainly by room-night growth at eLong, Brand Expedia and Hotels.com. The company also cited an increase in air tickets, although the effect was lesser than other factors. The company has had to fight for its share amid the intense competition of the online travel industry, even joining forces with rival Travelocity last August to share the load on searches, bookings and promotion. The company said Brand Expedia launched its hotel and air products on Travelocity's U.S. website during the fourth quarter. Competitive pressure remain despite the most recent quarter's results. Expedia's ranking in Google's travel-related search results fell sharply last month following unverified reports that the travel site had been inflating its rankings. There were concerns that Google penalized Expedia, which had no comment at the time. Likewise, Expedia and its competitors have complained that Google puts its own flight-search tool above other results. Get the full story at The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Expedia