Ebay to lay off 500 employees

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(Reuters) – E-commerce firm eBay Inc said on Tuesday it will lay off 500 employees globally, representing 4% of its total workforce.

Shares of the San Jose, California-based company rose about 1% in aftermarket trade.

“This shift gives us additional space to invest and create new roles in high-potential areas – new technologies, customer innovations and key markets,” said Jamie Iannone, Chief Executive Officer of Ebay in a message to employees.

A raft of U.S. companies from Goldman Sachs Group Inc to Alphabet Inc have laid off thousands this year to ride out a demand downturn wrought by high inflation and rising interest rates.

(Reporting by Chavi Mehta and Shreyaa Narayanan in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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