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Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales Up 20% To $25.59 Billion

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.

Operating cash flow increased 31% to $5.47 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.18 billion for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2012. Free cash flow increased to $2.03 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $395 million for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2012. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2012 includes fourth quarter cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4 billion.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 476 million on December 31, 2013, compared with 470 million one year ago.

Fourth Quarter 2013

Net sales increased 20% to $25.59 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with $21.27 billion in fourth quarter 2012. Excluding the $258 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales grew 22% compared with fourth quarter 2012.

Operating income increased 26% to $510 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $405 million in fourth quarter 2012. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on operating income was $7 million.

Net income increased to $239 million in the fourth quarter, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared with $97 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2012.

“It’s a good time to be an Amazon customer. You can now read your Kindle gate-to-gate, get instant on-device tech support via our revolutionary Mayday button, and have packages delivered to your door even on Sundays,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “In just the last weeks, Forrester, YouGov, and ForeSee have all ranked Amazon #1 – and we believe we’re just scratching the surface of what world-class customer service can be.”

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