The online bank eBank Corp. said Friday it posted a pretax profit of 19 million yen in December, its first black ink on a monthly basis since it started operating in July 2001.

EBank specializes in the settlement of payments for small online purchases of goods and services. Capitalized at 18.3 billion yen, the bank currently has some 670,000 individual accounts and more than 140 billion yen in deposits.

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