Amazon shares fall even after posting over $100bn sales in Q2

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San Francisco, July 30 (IANS) Despite posting a $100 billion-plus quarter third time in a row, e-commerce giant Amazon saw its stock sliding more than 7 per cent as it missed revenue expectations and provided weak expectations for the third quarter (Q3).

For the second quarter (Q2), the net sales increased 27 per cent to $113.1 billion, compared with $88.9 billion in the second quarter of 2020, the company said in a statement late on Thursday.

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It was down from $115.2 billion as estimated by global analysts.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) grew its revenue 37 per cent at $14.81 billion in the second quarter, surpassing $14.20 billion as estimated by analysts.

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For the third quarter, Amazon expects revenue between $106 billion and $112 billion, below the market estimates of $119.2 billion.

“Over the past 18 months, our consumer business has been called on to deliver an unprecedented number of items, including PPE, food, and other products that helped communities around the world cope with the difficult circumstances of the pandemic,” said Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO.

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“At the same time, AWS has helped so many businesses and governments maintain business continuity, and we’ve seen AWS growth re-accelerate as more companies bring forward plans to transform their businesses and move to the cloud,” he added.

Net income increased to $7.8 billion in the second quarter, or $15.12 per diluted share, compared with $5.2 billion, or $10.30 per diluted share, in the second quarter last year, the company said.

AWS plans to open infrastructure regions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first half of 2022 and Israel in the first half of 2023.

Globally, AWS has 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic Regions, with plans to launch 21 more Availability Zones and seven more AWS Regions.

–IANS

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