Search giant Baidu beat analyst expectations for its third quarter revenues as the company’s diversification away from its core search business showed signs of paying off.
Why it matters: Baidu has seen increased competition for advertising revenue from rivals including Bytedance and Tencent in the midst of a macroeconomic slowdown that has led advertisers to tighten their belts.
Baidu has had a tough year—the company’s share price fell by more than 35% prior to its latest earnings release.
The search giant this year posted its first quarterly loss since listing in 2005.
Baidu CEO Robin Li warned in January that “winter is coming,” acknowledging the effects of China’s slowing economy and the fallout from the trade war with the US.
Details: Baidu’s Q3 revenue reached RMB 28.1 billion (around $4 billion), beating analyst expectations of RMB 27.5 billion.