eBay reports revenue and earnings decline

Online auction giant posts a 7 percent drop in revenue, missing analysts' projections, and a double-digit decline in net income over the same period a year ago.

Facing a tight economic climate and strong dollar overseas, eBay reported on Wednesday a 7 percent revenue drop in the fourth quarter and weaker net profits.

Shares of eBay, in after-hours trading, fell 6.25 percent to $12.45. The stock rose nearly 6 percent to close at $13.28 a share during regular trading.

The online auction giant reported revenue of $2.07 billion, down 7 percent from a year ago. That figure fell short of analysts' expectations of $2.12 billion in revenue.

eBay's net income, meanwhile, fell nearly 31 percent to $367 million in the fourth quarter, or 29 cents a share, compared with net income of $531 million, or 39 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding charges, the company posted non-GAAP net profits of $524 million, or 41 cents a share, beating Wall Street's expectations of 39 cents a share profit, according to Thomson Reuters.

eBay CEO John Donahoe said in a statement:

While the holiday season was tough and competitive, our overall results for 2008 were strong.

For 2008, we delivered double-digit revenue and earnings growth; made significant changes in our eBay business; and built a stronger, more diverse portfolio of leading e-commerce businesses. We will build on our strengths in 2009 while managing our business prudently in the continued challenging environment.


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