eBay Saw Q1 Profit Rise 20%

eBay Inc. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit climbed 20 percent.

Revenues jumped 16 percent to $2.5 billion, compared to the same period a year ago, and profits soared by 20 percent to total $475.9 million, or 36 cents a share.

In a statement, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe, said: "In the first quarter, PayPal continued to drive strong growth globally, eBay sharply accelerated growth in the U.S., and we announced several acquisitions that we believe will enhance our leadership and innovation in commerce and payments. The year is off to a strong start."

The company raised its forecasts for the year. It expects adjusted earnings of $1.93 to $1.97 a share and revenue of $10.6 billion to $10.9 billion.


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