Online brokerages continued to enjoy steep earnings growth thanks to the recent market rally, with Matsui Securities Co. reporting Thursday its net profit during the October-December period jumped more than 3 1/2-fold from a year earlier.

The firm’s net profit came to 2.14 billion yen, up from 599 million yen a year ago, while revenue was 6.86 billion yen, compared with 3.35 billion yen the year before.

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