Amazon Keeps On Delivering With Sales Leap

Online giant Amazon is planning to create 2,500 new jobs in the UK this year and expand services after first quarter group profits and sales soared.
Amazon said the new jobs would be spread across it business including its research and development centres, customer service and fulfilment centres and its new fashion photography studio in London. Regarding services, it said it will expand its Amazon Prime Now offering one-hour deliveries on over 15,000 products to areas such as Liverpool and Surrey.
It came as the Seattle based group announced a 28% rise in first quarter sales to $29.1billion helped by strong demand for its Kindle reading devices and Fire tablet computers. Operating income was $1.1billion, up from $225million in the first quarter of 2015.
Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing unit which rents data storage space and software services to businesses, was a star performer with revenues climbing 64% to $2.57billion.
"Amazon devices are the top selling products on Amazon, and customers purchased more than twice as many Fire tablets than first quarter last year," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of "Earlier this week, the $39 Fire TV Stick became the first product ever -- from any manufacturer -- to pass 100,000 customer reviews, including over 62,000 5 star reviews, also more than any other product ever sold on Amazon. Echo too is off to an incredible start, and we can't yet manage to keep it in stock despite all efforts. We're building premium products at non-premium prices, and we're thrilled so many customers are responding to our approach."
Second quarter sales are expected to be between $28billion and $30.5billion, up by a high of 32%.