Priceline Group Inc., the largest U.S. online travel agent, jumped the most in more than three years after reporting fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates and the company’s own forecast. Earnings, excluding some items, were $12.63 a share, the Norwalk, Connecticut-based company said Wednesday in a statement, exceeding the average estimate of $11.73. Sales were $2 billion, compared with an estimate of $1.96 billion. Priceline had said in November that fourth-quarter profit would be $11.10 to $11.90 a share because of the stronger U.S. dollar. Travel bookings grew 10 percent to $55.5 billion in 2015, the company said. Were it not for currency-related losses, bookings would have grown 25 percent. Priceline, which makes less than a quarter of annual sales in the U.S., is more susceptible to currency fluctuations than rival Expedia Inc., which does most of its business in the U.S. The dollar gained 9 percent in 2015 versus a basket of 10 leading currencies, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Get the full story at Bloomberg and Expedia Read also "The Priceline Group Darren Richard Huston on Q4 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript" at SeekingAlpha, and "Priceline eases fears of global travel slowdown, as did rivals" at