Ebay, the popular e-commerce company, has exceeded revenue expectations for the holiday season, thanks in large part to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With more people staying at home, online shopping has become the go-to option for millions of Americans.

The pandemic’s restrictions kept many individuals confined to their homes during the holiday season, leading to a significant increase in online orders. This surge in demand for online shopping benefited not only eBay but also other giants in the e-commerce industry such as Amazon and Walmart.

Ebay has projected strong sales for the current quarter, with first-quarter revenue expected to be between $2.94 billion and $2.99 billion. This surpasses analysts’ expectations of $2.53 billion. Moreover, the company has reported a 7% increase in annual active buyers, bringing the total number of global active buyers to 185 million.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, eBay’s revenue soared to $2.87 billion, marking a significant increase from $2.24 billion in the previous year. This impressive growth surpassed the average estimate of $2.70 billion forecasted by analysts.

These impressive results highlight the growing reliance on online shopping, especially during the pandemic. As individuals continue to prioritize safety and convenience, e-commerce companies are likely to experience sustained growth in the coming months.

The surge in eBay’s stock price following the announcement demonstrates investors’ confidence in the company’s performance. After-hours trading saw eBay shares rise by 9% to reach $63.

Given the ongoing impact of the pandemic, it is expected that more consumers will increasingly turn to online platforms like eBay for their shopping needs. With this in mind, the optimistic sales forecast for the first quarter suggests a promising start to the year for eBay.

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2. eBay’s annual net revenue statistics