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Shopify Beats Quarterly Revenue Expectations, Online Shopping Booms

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Canada’s e-commerce giant Shopify Inc beat second quarter revenue expectations on Wednesday, on the back of a resilient online shopping trend precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shopify’s value nearly tripled over the last year due to unprecedented growth of the e-commerce sector as customers looked towards online shopping as the only viable alternative during the pandemic.

Even as vaccine rollouts ramp up and economies re-open, the boom in online shopping has been widely seen as a trend that is here to stay owing to ease of access, comfort and general shift in people’s lifestyles in a post-pandemic world.

Shopify, which helps businesses setup their online shops and also with payments processing on its platform, has been ramping up its efforts to expand in Europe to add more merchants to its platform.

Gross merchandise volume (GMV), a widely watched figure for the e-commerce industry’s performance, rose 40% to $42.2 billion in the quarter. Analysts on average had expected $40.49 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Net income rose to $879.1 million, or $6.90 per share, from about $36 million, or 29 cents per share, a year earlier.

The company reported revenue of $1.12 billion for the quarter ended June 30, compared with analysts’ average estimate of $1.05 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

This is the first time ever that Shopify’s quarterly revenue has shot above $1 billion.

By Chavi Mehta; Editor: Krishna Chandra Eluri

Learn more:

How Shopify Conquered Fashion

The Canadian e-commerce platform is emerging as one of the pandemic’s big winners. How will the company that made it possible for any brand to set up an online store use its newfound clout?

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