Thursday 8 December 2016

Amazon profit crushes estimates as cloud service revenue jumps

Published 28/04/2016 | 21:31

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
Burlington Plaza, Amazon's current Dublin home

Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) quarterly profit and revenue topped analysts' expectations by a wide margin as the Prime loyalty program helped the online retail giant attract more customers and revenue surged in its cloud services business.

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Shares of the world's biggest online retailer jumped nearly 13 percent to $679 in extended trading today.

Amazon has seen strong growth in subscribers to its Prime loyalty program, which offers one-hour delivery, original TV programming and access to its digital entertainment products such as Prime Music and Prime Video for an annual fee of $99.

The company recently launched a monthly subscription to the program for $10.99. Amazon has also said it plans to offer its video streaming service for a monthly fee of $8.99.

Amazon's net sales in North America, its biggest market by revenue, increased 26.8 percent to $17 billion in the first quarter.

Revenue from its cloud services business, Amazon Web Services, surged 63.9 percent to $2.57 billion. The unit, Amazon's fastest growing business, is seen as the next driver of growth for the company.

Amazon reported net income of $513 million, or $1.07 per share, for the quarter ended March 31. The company had a loss of $57 million, or 12 cents per share, a year earlier.

Net sales surged 28.2 percent to $29.13 billion.

Analysts on average had expected a profit of 58 cents per share and revenue of $27.98 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Reuters

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