(By Dan) Amazon.com Inc.'s
disappointing Q3 numbers sent shares down over 6 percent in after-hours
trading today. The Seattle-based internet retailing giant reported
increases in net sales, but the other key measures were all down
compared with last year's Q3 and compared with results through the first
three quarters of last year.
The company did report a net sales
increase from $10.9 billion in last year's Q3 to $13.8 billion in the
recently finished quarter. Year-to-date, net sales are at $39.8 billion
compared with $30.6 billion at this time last year.
where the good news ends. On the quarter, the company reported a $28
million operating loss, compared with a $79 million gain from operations
at the end of last year's Q3. Amazon reported operating income of $271
million through the first three quarters of this year, down compared
with $602 million at this time last year.
Net income came in at a
loss of $274 million, or a loss of 60 cents per share, compared with
net income of $63 million, or 14 cents per share, in last year's Q3.
Amazon reported a $137 million, or 30 cents per share, loss through the
first three quarters, compared with net income of $454 million, or 99
cents per share, through last year's first three quarters.
Wall Street pros were looking for a loss of 8 cents per share on revenue of $13.9 billion.
company also reported slower sales growth in all geographic regions and
across all operating areas in quarter-to-quarter and year-to-date