Amazon starts the year with a quarterly profit.
Last Thursday, April 27, the e-commerce giant announced that at the end of the first quarter of this year, it made a profit of $3.2 billion. A quarter earlier, the company reported losses of $3.8 billion. The financial performance of one of the world’s largest retailers for the first quarter of this year significantly exceeds the preliminary expectations of analysts.
Making a profit has largely become possible thanks to the activation of the implementation of the e-commerce giant’s strategy to reduce expenses. The retailer has decided to close physical stores. The company also reported two rounds of workforce reductions. Another measure within the framework of the implementation of the cost reduction strategy was the decrease in the range of products manufactured by Amazon.
Also, the retailer’s positive financial results for the first quarter of 2023 are partly the consequence of the fact that the company’s key business areas are showing growth even amid concerns about a recession that could affect corporate and consumer spending.
Amazon’s revenue in the first quarter of 2023 increased by 9% compared to the figure recorded a year earlier. The company also expects net sales to grow by 5-10% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year and amount to $127 billion to $133 billion.
The financial results are evidence that the decision Amazon actively reduces costs brings the desired results and opens prospects for successful business in the future. The company’s forecast for the second quarter indicates that the retailer is starting to get out of a difficult situation and is optimistic about its capabilities.
Amazon Web Services, which has long served as a source of profit for the company, also showed double-digit growth in the last quarter. This fact is a positive signal for the overall business structure of the retailer. Sales in the AWS segment increased by 16% year-on-year and amounted to $21.4 billion. In the previous quarter, sales growth slowed because customers of cloud services reduced their wallets amid uncertainty about the future state of affairs in the economy.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassi, in a statement accompanying the earnings report, noted that AWS allows companies to spend more cautiously in a macroeconomic environment. He also stated his commitment to building long-term relationships with clients.
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