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Amazon Q1 Earnings Up 68%

4/23/2010 11:48:31 AM Eastern

Seattle - Amazon.com continued to
rack up strong sales and earnings in the first quarter of 2010.

Net income increased 68 percent to
$299 million for the three months, ended March 31, and net sales rose 46
percent to $7.1 billion.

Excluding the favorable impact of
currency fluctuations, net sales grew 42 percent.

In North America, sales of
electronics and other general merchandise rose 73 percent to $2 billion during
the quarter.

Total North America sales rose 47
percent to $3.8 billion, and operating income increased 82 percent to $273
million.

In a statement, Amazon.com
founder/CEO Jeff Bezos said, "We remain heads-down focused on customers," and
described the company's proprietary Kindle e-book reader as its No. 1
best-selling product.

The e-commerce pioneer also
confirmed during a conference call that Target will be the first
retailer
outside Amazon to carry Kindle.

Looking ahead, the
company projected second-quarter net sales growth of between 31 percent and 44
percent.