Ground Transportation Higher demand helps Avis Budget narrow loss By Danny King / February 15, 2013 Share 1 -- Avis Budget Group narrowed its fourth-quarter loss by 73% from a year earlier on higher demand in North America and a because of a one-time expense in 2011 from its acquisition of Avis Europe. Avis Budget’s fourth-quarter revenue rose 4.2% to $1.7 billion and beat the $1.63 billion average analyst estimate in a Thomson Reuters poll. The company boosted rental days by 6%, which more than offset a 2% decline in average daily rate.Avis Budget’s net loss narrowed to $46 million from a $170 million loss a year earlier, when it took a $117 million noncash licensing charge related to the Avis Europe acquisition. The company earlier this week also said it received U.S. antitrust clearance for its pending $500 million buyout of car-sharing company Zipcar. That transaction is expected to close by April.Follow Danny King on Twitter @dktravelweekly.