MSN Ad Revenue Rises 43 Percent
Overall revenue at MSN grew 16 percent over the same period a year ago to $561 million. Microsoft said online sales grew 43 percent in the quarter. Internet ad sales made up for a $17 million decline in subscription revenue from dial-up customers.
Microsoft did not break out MSN's profit.
MSN benefited from increased spending on paid search, which it provides through its partnership with Yahoo's Overture Services unit. Yahoo reported a blockbuster first quarter this month, with 50 percent organic growth in marketing services.