Amazon's 1Q Kills It, Retail Sales & The Cloud Spike Shares

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FILE PHOTO: Amazon.com's logo is seen at Amazon Japan's office building in Tokyo, Japan, August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (Copyright Reuters 2017)

Amazon.com (AMZN) reported first-quarter revenue and profit that topped analysts' estimates, driven by sustained growth in online retail sales and its profitable cloud business, sending its shares closer to the $1,000 level. 

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The world's biggest online retailer said net income rose to $724 million, or $1.48 per share, from $513 million, or $1.07 per share, a year earlier. This marks the eighth straight quarter Amazon has posted a net profit.

Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.12 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company's total net sales rose 22.6 percent to $35.71 billion in the quarter ended March 31, compared with the average analyst estimate of $35.30 billion.

Revenue from Amazon Web Services, the company's fast-growing cloud services business, rose 42.7 percent to $3.66 billion, matching the average analyst estimate, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.

Amazon's net sales in North America, its biggest market, jumped 23.5 percent to $20.99 billion in the latest quarter.

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The company said a stronger dollar impacted its overall sales by $492 million and that the quarter faced tough comparison with the year-ago quarter, when the Feb. 29 leap day gave shoppers an extra 24 hours to spend.

 

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

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