The Straits Times
Published on Feb 05, 2013

China search giant reports 57.5 per cent rise in full year profit


SHANGHAI (AFP) - China's leading Internet search engine Baidu said its net profit for last year grew 57.5 per cent despite a growth slowdown in the world's second largest economy.

Baidu is the dominant search engine in China, holding 79 per cent of the total market in the fourth quarter last year, according to Beijing-based Internet consultancy Analysys International.

The company has benefited from US search giant Google's decision to partially move out of the massive Chinese market in 2010 after a public spat with Beijing over censorship.

Baidu's profits reached US$1.68 billion (S$2.1 billion) last year, but profit growth slowed from 88.3 per cent in 2011, Baidu said in a statement released late on Monday.