EBay signs up 200 millionth member

EBay Inc. has now registered 200 million users of its online auction services, which would make it the fifth-largest country in the world if its members could form one nation, its CEO said yesterday.

Speaking to thousands of the company's most loyal buyers and sellers at its annual user conference in Las Vegas, Chief Executive Meg Whitman said eBay achieved the milestone on Saturday.

Only, China, India, the United States and Indonesia are larger in terms of population, Whitman said.

As of March 31, the company had reported it had 192.9 million registered users worldwide, and 75.4 million "active" users in the March quarter. EBay's biggest markets are the United States, Germany, Britain and South Korea.

The figures exclude other eBay properties such as Rent.com, Shopping.com, and its online classified advertising Websites.

San Jose, California-based EBay also runs the PayPal online payment service and Skype, a Web-based communications operation that allows users to make cheap phone calls or trade text messages on computers and phones.

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