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Amazon's earnings report for Q1 2020

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    Oct 16
    Amazon reported its first-quarter earnings on Thursday after the
    bell.Amazon’s sales grew faster than expected as more people shopped
    online amid COVID-19.But it missed on earnings as COVID-19-related costs
    across the supply chain increased.Amazon shares dropped about 5% in
    after-hours trading.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more
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      Amazon reported huge growth in first-quarter revenue but a miss on
    earnings on Thursday.The mixed results show how the coronavirus outbreak
    is leading to more shoppers on Amazon, albeit at an increased cost as
    the company is dealing with a number of costly changes, including supply
    chain lockdowns and warehouse safety upgrades.Amazon stock is down
    about 5% in after-hours trading.Here are the most important numbers:

      Q1 EPS (GAAP): $5.01 versus expectations of $6.27 per shareQ1 Revenue:
    $75.5 billion versus expectations of 73.74 billionAmazon Web Services:
    $10.22 billions versus expectations of $10.29 billionAmazon CEO Jeff
    Bezos said in an unusually long statement that the epidemic is causing a
    lot of uncertainties, adding that the company expects to spend all of
    the $4 billion it’s projected to make in second-quarter profits on
    COVID-19-related expenses.

      “If you’re a shareowner in Amazon, you may want to take a seat,
    because we’re not thinking small,” Bezos said in a statement. “Under
    normal circumstances, in this coming Q2, we’d expect to make some $4
    billion or more in operating profit. But these aren’t normal
    circumstances. Instead, we expect to spend the entirety of that $4
    billion, and perhaps a bit more, on COVID-related expenses getting
    products to customers and keeping employees safe.”Amazon clearly saw a
    massive demand surge as more people bought things online to avoid
    physical stores during the pandemic. The 26% revenue growth exceeds
    street estimates of 22%. Paid unit growth jumped 32%, up from last
    year’s 10% growth rate. Even its “Physical Stores” sales, which includes
    Whole Foods revenue, grew 8% from last year, an unusual spike for a
    segment that hovered around 1% growth in the past year.Meanwhile, costs
    increased as Amazon had to put additional safety measures and pay raises
    across its warehouses. Amazon is hiring 75,000 more warehouse and
    delivery drivers, after having added 100,000 new employees since March.
    Shipping costs also jumped 49% to $10.9 billion. Operating income
    dropped $400 million from last year to $4 billion for the
    quarter.Amazon’s cloud service continues to be a the company’s main
    profit-driver. It reported $3 billion in operating profit, accounting
    for 77% of Amazon’s total operating profit. Meanwhile, AWS crossed the
    $10 billion quarterly revenue mark for the first time, growing 33% from
    last year.

      Despite concerns of the pandemic causing less spending on Amazon’s
    advertising service, the segment saw a 44% sales increase to $3.9
    billion in the quarter, showing little impact on one of its fastest
    growing business segments.Amazon’s stock hit record highs earlier this
    month, and was up almost 30% year-to-date, far outpacing the broader
    market.