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Four years after taking over at Yahoo, CEO Terry S. Semel has the Internet giant on a blistering pace. Major search acquisitions in 2002 and 2003 have been successfully integrated, helping Yahoo's revenues rocket 120% in 2004 to $3.6 billion. Moreover, the Sunnyvale (Calif.) outfit's efforts to develop deeper relationships with its users have paid off. Touting such subscription services as online personals and high-speed Net access, Yahoo bolstered its number of paying customers by 71% to 8.4 million in 2004.
Such successes have helped drive up its stock by 18% to $38 in the 12 months ended June 1. Still, Yahoo has plenty of challenges ahead, particularly when it comes to rival Google, which is developing more competitive offerings, from personalized home pages to e-mail accounts and online mapping features.
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All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.
* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.
Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek
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