The marketplaces division produced fourth-quarter revenue of $2.05 billion, up 16 percent from the previous year.
To start this year, eBay expects adjusted first-quarter earnings of 60 cents to 62 cents per share on revenue ranging from $3.65 billion to $3.75 billion.
Those figures are below analysts' predictions calling for adjusted earnings of 64 cents per share on revenue of $3.8 billion. Donahoe said he believes some analysts neglected to consider that there will be one less day in this year's first quarter coming off of 2012's leap year and that online shopping is always sluggish on Easter Sunday, which is falling in March this year instead of April as it did last year.
For all of 2012, eBay earned $2.6 billion, or $1.99 per share, on revenue of $14.1 billion. With the Skype sale, eBay earned $3.2 billion, or $2.46 per share, in 2011. Revenue for that year totaled $11.7 billion.