NetEase Shares Tumble as Game Unit Posts Sluggish Growth

By Ye Zhanqi and Doug Young

NetEase Inc. posted a 42% profit growth in the latest quarter, but its shares fell sharply after the news came out as the company posted its slowest revenue increase in nearly two years.

Shares of China's second-largest online-game company — whose titles include the popular World of Warcraft series — have nearly doubled since April, as it previously posted strong revenue growth in a fiercely competitive gaming industry where many others are reporting declines.

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