Feeds

AOL: customers down, ad sales up

They went thataway

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

AOL's European ISPs in the UK, Germany and France lost 88,000 customer in the three months to June, parent company Time Warner Inc announced yesterday. Unfortunately, that's all it said on the matter and didn't provide any more detail on the individual performances of its European country operations.

Overall, America Online lost 668,000 punters during Q2 as its global subscriber base fell to 23.4m.

The Internet division of the giant media corporation said the Q2 decline reflected a decrease of 753,000 members in trial and retention programmes, offset partly by an 85,000 increase in billed subscribers.

Despite this, revenue edged slightly higher from $2.13bn (£1.18bn) in Q2 2003 to $2.18bn (£1.2bn), while operating income rose from $210m (£116m) to $276m (£152m)over the same period.

The two per cent growth in AOL's turnover was buoyed by an increase in ad revenues which climbed 23 per cent to $42m (£23m) led by higher revenues from paid search which notched up $31m (£17m).

Revenue from subscription to AOL's Internet access services was "essentially flat". AOL Europe chipped in $28m (£15.5m), AOL Japan $18m (£10m) and AOL Latin America $13m (£7m), which helped make up a fall in subscription revenues from the US. ®

Related stories

AOL splashes $435m on Advertising.com
Penis pill peddler stiffs AOL spam insider
AOL France fined for unfair contract clauses
AOL to target Hispanic Net users in ad campaign
AOL settles class action lawsuits

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.