Yahoo Japan proclaims 18% profit gain

Melissa Chua
26 Jan 2011

Yahoo Japan has announced an 18% year-on-year rise in profits for the Oct-Dec period last year due to strong growth in advertising revenue.

According to theWall Street Journal, the company reported a net profit of 24.7 billion yen ($300.5 million), up from 20.8 billion yen a year earlier. This figure beats the company’s earlier forecast of between 21.7 billion yen to 23.1 billion yen in October.

Operating profit rose 13% to 41.1 billion yen, while revenue increased 5.8%.

Japan’s most popular Internet portal, a unit of Japan carrier Softbank, also said its search technology venture with Google was flowing smoothly.

Yahoo Japan last month incorporated Google’s technology for its Web searches and intends to extend the adoption to its search-linked advertising services, a move that caused competitors Microsoft and online shopping site Rakuten to file petitions with Japan’s Fair Trade Commission when the announcement was made last July.

Yahoo Japan was given the go-ahead when Japan’s antitrust body found no evidence of unlawful actions. The firm maintains its search results remain independent of Google’s.

Softbank owns a 37.36% stake in Yahoo Japan. The US’s Yahoo Inc. owns a 34.78% stake but does not control the company.

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