Internet earnings are big
January 14, at a. Internet giants are expected to report strong revenue and profit growth for the final quarter ofdriven by the ongoing shift in advertising and retail dollars to the Web and goosed by the holiday rush.
Both online advertising spending and e-commerce sales continue to leap ahead at double-digit percentage rates, significantly surpassing growth in the offline world. The result, analysts say, should be strong growth for Internet bellwethers Google Inc. Its expected efforts to step up profits from new products, particularly listing service Google Base, Internet earnings are big add another tricky element to the mix.
Yahoo, which on Tuesday kicks off the reporting season for Internet companies, also is expected to report strong results, albeit likely again overshadowed by high drama at Google. Squali said.
Noto says non-search ads could produce revenue that beats average analyst expectations for Yahoo this quarter. He recently raised his forecast to 25 percent or more quarter-over-quarter growth from an earlier estimate of 20 percent.
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E-commerce companies also are expected to display strong growth, although analysts are concerned stiffening competition could pressure margins for some players. E-commerce options are paid have been expanding at a rate of 25 percent to 30 percent per year, according to Piper Jaffray.
Analysts are predicting a strong showing for eBay, the online auction giant, amid signs of considerable listings strength. Analysts, however, are more worried about Amazon, one of the most expensive stocks in the Internet sector. Amazon is seeing more vigorous competition from traditional retailers, comparison-shopping engines and smaller rivals leveraging search engines to woo bargain-hunting consumers.