Online auctioneer eBay has made its first international move outside the US by partnering with an Australian Internet company.
The joint venture with PBL Online will provide online auction services in Asia Pacific later this year. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Meg Whitman, eBay's president and chief executive, said the company is eager to expand its international trading community.
The auctioneer is one of the most successful ecommerce companies on the Web, almost doubling its number of registered users from 1.2 million in October 1998, to 2.1 million by the end of last year.
Earlier this year eBay teamed up with Netscape to promote eBay services on Netscape?s Netcenter portal. The move was seen by analysts as a way for eBay to gain international exposure.
The company was expected to launch a site in the UK last month, but eBay was unavailable to comment further on this.
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