The Ails of AOL

The latest results from the Time Warner unit aren't promising. With the Net giant betting on new broadband deals, investors may lose patience

It's hard to envy AOL. While other Internet heavyweights are growing by leaps and bounds, the unit of Time Warner (TWX) remains at the back of the pack. Compared with rivals Yahoo! (YHOO), Google (GOOG), and Microsoft's (MSFT) MSN, AOL's sites receive the fewest unique monthly visitors, and they have the slowest audience growth, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. In the business that provides subscriber-based services, AOL is losing customers at a quickening pace and sales are trailing off.

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