eBay says fixes search glitch on website

NEW YORK Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:55pm EST

A photograph of a computer screen showing the website eBay is shown here in Encinitas, California in this April 22, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A photograph of a computer screen showing the website eBay is shown here in Encinitas, California in this April 22, 2009 file photo.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - eBay Inc said on Sunday it had restored a search function on its website overnight Saturday after a glitch led to searches returning either limited or no results throughout the day.

The technical issue on eBay.com resulted from a surge in live listings as sellers ramped up for the holiday season, the global e-commerce and payments company said in an e-mailed statement.

It also said it has more than 200 million live listings, or 33 percent more than at this time a year ago.

The technical issue, once identified, was easily fixed and implemented across the site's servers on Saturday afternoon and evening, eBay said.

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