engine - 4:45 pm on Jan 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
eBay Reports Quarterly Growth, Partly Driven By Sale of Skype [bbc.co.uk]
The internet auction site eBay has reported a big jump in its quarterly profits.
Net income for the last three months of 2011 came in at $1.98bn (£1.28bn), up from $559m in the same period last year.
"We had a strong fourth quarter finish to an excellent year," eBay president John Donahoe said in a statement.
EBay said its earnings growth was partly driven by a gain from the sale of its remaining stake in Skype.
Microsoft's $8.5bn acquisition of Skype was announced in May and cleared by competition authorities in October.