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Amazon Posts Largest Profit in Its History

Amazon Posts Largest Profit in Its HistoryAmazon Posts Largest Profit in Its History

Amazon.com Inc has reported a profit near $2 billion, the largest in its history, as the online retailer drew millions of new customers to its Prime fast-shipping club for the holiday season and as changes to US tax law added to its bottom line.

Shares rose more than 6% in extended trading, after previously closing down 4% on the Nasdaq, Reuters reported.

Seattle-based Amazon is using fast shipping, television shows exclusive to its website and forays into new technology, such as its voice-controlled Alexa devices, to attract high-spending Prime members. Amazon said price cuts at Whole Foods Market, which it acquired for $13.7 billion last year, are helping it win grocery sales, too.

The world’s largest online retailer said net income more than doubled to $1.86 billion, or $3.75 per share in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. Its profit received a provisional $789 million boost from the US Republican tax bill passed in December. Analysts on average were expecting just $1.85 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.

“This was another blow-out quarter for Amazon,” said GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives. “The retail strength was eye-popping as the company had a banner holiday season and looked to capture roughly 50% of all e-commerce holiday season sales.”

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