eBay results beat expectations as PayPal expands

eBay offices, San Jose, California
Image caption Increasing numbers of sellers have been using eBay's services

Online auction giant eBay has reported better-than-expected profits thanks to growth at its PayPal division.

Second-quarter net income was $283.4m (£176m), down from $412m for the same period a year ago.

But the fall in earnings was largely due to eBay's takeover of GSI Commerce, a digital marketing and e-commerce firm, earlier this year.

Ebay's main online Marketplace business showed signs of a turnaround and its PayPal division grew well.

PayPal gained members and the value of merchandise sold through its website rose.

Taking out one-off cost - including those of acquiring GSI - income was 19% higher than last year's $530m.

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