Feeds

Amazon braces for the Grinch at Christmas - or not

There may be trouble ahead

Boost IT visibility and business value

Amazon.com had a decent third quarter but has scared investors by giving an almost absurdly broad estimate of fourth quarter revenues and profits.

Amazon made sales of $4.26bn - up 31 per cent - in the three months ended 30 September 2008, just missing Wall Street targets. Operating income was up 26 per cent to $154m, while net income increased 48 per cent to $118m. The net figure included a foreign currency related net benefit of $15m.

But in predicting performance in the fourth quarter, when Amazon would usually make the lion's share of its profits, the company said uncertainties around exchange rates and the state of the global economy and consumer spending made accurate predictions difficult.

Amazon said it expects sales of between $6bn and $7bn with operating income anywhere between $145m and $305m - either a 46 per cent drop or a 13 per cent hike in profits. But there were hopes that Amazon would benefit from cash-concerned consumers moving online to find bargains.

Few doubt that most of developed economies are headed to a recession. But Amazon's extremely broad take on how its business might be affected appears to have spooked investors, and shares in the online bookseller fell 14 per cent.

For the full year the company expects revenues of between $18.46bn and $19.46bn - between 24 per cent and 31 per cent up on 2007, but short of Wall Street estimates. Operating income should be between $716m and $876m. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.