eBay beat Wall Street's expectations, reporting a net income of US$585 million, or 44 cents per share, for the fourth quarter, a 9 percent jump over the same quarter a year ago. Revenue for the quarter was US$2.4 billion, up 16 percent increase from a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings of 40 cents per share on sales of US$2.29 billion. (Statement)
For the full year, eBay reported net income of US$2.1 billion, or US$1.58 per share, on sales of US$8.7 billion. Analysts had been expecting an eps of US$1.54 on sales of US$8.65 billion.
The company said revenue growth was driven by "exceptional performance" by PayPal and "excellent growth" by StubHub. The payments unit saw year-over-year revenue growth of 28 percent and net total payment volume increase 34 percent.
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