Friday, 28 July 2017

Amazon sales rose in second quarter but profits fall sharply as it invests overseas

Amazon sales rose in the second quarter but profits plunged, as the e-commerce giant spent heavily in a bid to become the go-to shop globally for everything from food to television.

The Seattle firm earned $197m (£151m) in profit in the three months to the end of June, down 77%.

The fall came as the company pursues expansion overseas and invests in new products and services, including video.

Expenses increased to $37.3bn, up 28% year-on-year.

Amazon has a reputation for ignoring profits and opting to spend on expansion.
The firm in recent months has announced plans to hire thousands of workers, bringing on engineers, sales teams and workers, while opening new warehouses, data centres and bricks-and-mortar book stores.

Amazon is pushing into new markets, such as India. It has unveiled new versions of its tablet and home robot and announced movies and television shows.

In June the company capped the activity with the announcement that it would buy the Whole Foods supermarket chain for an estimated $13.7bn.

The spending increase - which did not factor in the pending Whole Foods deal - still took investors by surprise. Its share price fell more than 3% in after-hours trade.

Amazon said business remains healthy. Consumer retail sales in the three months to the end of June totalled $33.9bn, rising 17% overseas and 27% in North America, still the firm's biggest market.

Revenues at its profitable web services division, which sells cloud computing services such as data storage, jumped 42% to $4.1bn.

BBC     News.