NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Groupon  (GRPN) - Get Report stock is up by 4.83% to $4.34 in early-morning trading on Friday, after the company announced it reached a billion-sold milestone. 

After selling its first Groupon in October 2008, the company announced on Friday that it has sold one billion Groupons.

Groupons allow customers to buy discounted tickets, services or products.  

The company will run a promotion until March 1 with discounts up to 80% off, the company said. 

"We're thrilled and humbled to join the select group of brands and names in the billion-sold club," Groupon CEO Rich Williams said in a statement. "We owe a huge thank you to our amazing merchants who've entrusted us to promote their business and our loyal customers who've made us part of their daily routine when discovering the best businesses in their neighborhood."

Based in Chicago, Groupon operates an online marketplace that connects merchants and consumers. 

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