Google parent Alphabet has pleased the markets with its second quarter results, boosted by a strong showing from the advertising business, prompting an 8 percent share price rise.
Investors have also been worried about an industry-wide slow down in advertising spend in the US and Europe, and they have also been concerned at the spending levels at Google, despite surging profits and revenues.
So how exactly did the second quarter financial results pan out in the end?
Well for the three months ending 30 June, Alphabet posted a net profit of $9.9bn, up from the profit of $3.2bn a year ago.
There was also good news on the revenue, as overall sales rose to $38.9bn from $32.6bn in the same year-ago quarter.
It is reported that 85 percent of Alphabet’s revenues come from advertising sales.
“Our effort to build a more helpful Google for everyone brings countless opportunities to help users, partners, and enterprise customers every day,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.
“From improvements in core information products such as Search, Maps, and the Google Assistant, to new breakthroughs in AI and our growing Cloud and Hardware offerings, I’m incredibly excited by the momentum across Google’s businesses and the innovation that is fueling our growth,” he added.
Despite positive results, there are some potential banana skins for Alphabet going forward, centering around privacy worries and regulatory investigations.
Earlier this week the US Department of Justice confirmed an investigation into “alleged anti-competitive practices” by ‘market leading online platforms’.
The antitrust investigation did not name any particular companies, but it is widely assumed it will include the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon and maybe even Apple.
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