Auction giant eBay has reported a 52 per cent leap in quarterly profits, in part down to strong UK growth.
EBay UK was one of the company's biggest growth areas during the quarter, with a 26 per cent surge in registered users compared with a global average increase of 21 per cent.
Growth in Britain, Italy and France has helped to offset a slowdown in Germany and the US.
Skype, bought by eBay in 2005 for £1.3bn, moved into the black for the first time as user numbers more than doubled to 196 million.
EBay's profits also benefited from a 51 per cent rise in payments through PayPal, the online transaction service it bought for £75m in 2002.
EBay made $377m in the first quarter of 2007, reporting global revenue up 27 per cent to $1.77bn.
The number of eBay buyers now outstrips the number of sellers, and worldwide membership totals 233 million.
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