Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) surpassed market expectations on earnings while revenues came in line with estimates for the first quarter of 2019. Shares were up 1.1% in after-market hours on Thursday.
Net sales rose 17% year-over-year to $59.7 billion. Excluding the $1.1 billion unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, net sales increased 19%.
Net income improved to $3.6 billion, or $7.09 per share, from $1.6 billion, or $3.27 per share, in the year-ago quarter.
North America net sales grew 17% year-over-year to $35.8 billion while International sales grew 9% to $16.1 billion. Amazon Web Services (AWS) sales grew 41% to $7.6 billion.
Net sales from online stores increased 10% to $29.4 billion while sales from physical stores grew 1% to $4.3 billion. Worldwide shipping costs increased 21% to $7.3 billion.
For the second quarter of 2019, Amazon expects net sales to grow 13-20% to a range of $59.5 billion to $63.5 billion. Operating income is expected to be $2.6 billion to $3.6 billion.
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