EBay reported strong growth in some sectors despite posting a $936 million net loss for the third quarter, reports the Wall Street Journal. Most of the loss is due to the company writing down internet calling company Skype by $1.39 billion after eBay found it difficult to make money off the operation since its acquisition two years ago. Excluding such one-time costs, eBay pulled in a $564 million profit.
The company's best component was PayPal, which increased revenue by 35% to $470 million. Other strong performers included eBay International, PayPal merchant services, ticketing site StubHub and advertising. "I would say it was a strong quarter," said eBay's CEO. "I don't think there is a silver bullet, but we are doing all the right things."