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Amazon Grows Sales 25 Percent in Second Quarter

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Amazon logoAmazon.com announced today its second-quarter sales rose 25% to $38 billion. Net income was $197 million in the second quarter compared with net income of $857 million in second quarter 2016.

Press release follows:

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

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Operating cash flow increased 37% to $17.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $13.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2016. Free cash flow increased to $9.7 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.7 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2016. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments increased to $5.5 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.2 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2016. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases decreased to $1.5 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.9 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2016.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 502 million on June 30, 2017, compared with 495 million one year ago.

Net sales increased 25% to $38.0 billion in the second quarter, compared with $30.4 billion in second quarter 2016. Excluding the $502 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales increased 26% compared with second quarter 2016.

Operating income decreased 51% to $628 million in the second quarter, compared with operating income of $1.3 billion in second quarter 2016.

Net income was $197 million in the second quarter, or $0.40 per diluted share, compared with net income of $857 million, or $1.78 per diluted share, in second quarter 2016.

“Our teams remain heads-down and focused on customers,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “In the last few months, we launched Echo Show (our newest Echo device with a video screen), introduced calling and messaging via Alexa on all Echo devices, debuted Inside Edge on Prime Video (the first of 18 Indian Original Series), introduced Amazon Channels in both the U.K. and Germany, launched four new Fire tablets, expanded Amazon Fresh to Germany, launched Prime Now in Singapore, launched our 25th airplane with Prime Air, hired more than 30,000 new employees, opened three new Amazon Books stores, launched more than 400 significant AWS features and services, migrated more than 7,000 databases using AWS Database Migration Service, and held our third annual Prime Day — signing up more Prime members than ever before. It’s energizing to invent on behalf of customers, and we continue to see many high-quality opportunities to invest.”

Selected Highlights (see press release on Amazon website for full list of Highlights)

The third annual Prime Day was the biggest global shopping event ever for Amazon with more new Prime members joining Prime than any single day in Amazon history. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs participated in the global event and sold more than 40 million units.

Prime Day was the biggest sales event ever for Amazon devices worldwide, including record sales for Echo, Fire tablets, and Kindle devices. The Echo Dot was the best-selling Amazon device this Prime Day and was the best-selling product from any manufacturer in any category across Amazon globally. The All-New Element 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV — Amazon
Fire TV Edition was the best-selling TV deal in Amazon history, selling through record units in less than four hours.

Amazon Business now serves more than one million business customers in the U.S., offering business-only discounted pricing on millions of items and access to more than 85,000 business sellers.

Amazon hosted Boost with FBA, a summit for small business and entrepreneurs participating in the FBA program. The inaugural event brought together more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and small business owners to meet with Amazon leaders and learn more about the tools and services available for growing their businesses.

Amazon Books recently opened bookstores in Lynnfield, MA, Paramus, NJ, and New York, NY, and now has eight bookstores across the U.S. with five more stores coming soon. Amazon Books integrates the benefits of offline and online shopping to help customers discover books and devices.

Click on the following link to see the full press release including guidance and tables.

SOURCE: Amazon Press Release

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One thought on “Amazon Grows Sales 25 Percent in Second Quarter”

  1. So this financial report from Amazon is why eBay stock was down today. And these numbers weren’t even as the analysts expected, so AMZ shares dropped as well.

    Not even the hype and buzzwords at the Vegas convention by eBay figureheads could improve their share price. When their competitor shows a 25% increase, and they are in the mid single digits, well, this is why Amazon is at $1000+ and eBay cannot even sniff $40 a share.

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