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Amazon Reports Record First-Quarter Profits Driven by Cloud Computing Growth

Amazon announced its highest first-quarter profit on Tuesday, attributing the success to continued efficiencies in its retail business and robust growth in its cloud computing operations. The e-commerce giant reported $143.3 billion in revenue for the first three months of the year, marking a 13 percent increase from the previous year, while profit more than tripled to $10.4 billion, surpassing analysts’ expectations.

Andy Jassy, Amazon’s CEO, expressed satisfaction with the company’s performance, highlighting improvements in customer experience and strong financial results. Notably, Amazon’s cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), achieved significant milestones, with sales on track to exceed $100 billion annually for the first time.

AWS revenue reached $25 billion in the first quarter, representing a 17 percent increase year-over-year. Operating income for the cloud computing division surged by 84 percent to $9.4 billion, accounting for the majority of Amazon’s operating profit. This growth in AWS revenue and profitability signals a resurgence in demand for cloud services after a period of subdued tech spending by businesses.

Amazon’s share price rose more than 3 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement, reflecting investors’ confidence in the company’s performance and future prospects. Brian Olsavsky, Amazon’s finance chief, noted that the company’s capital expenditures and leases totaled approximately $14 billion in the quarter, primarily driven by investments in cloud computing infrastructure. He emphasized Amazon’s commitment to further investments, particularly in leveraging generative artificial intelligence (A.I.) Opportunities.

The company’s strategic focus on A.I. is evident in its substantial investments in data centers and infrastructure to capitalize on A.I. advancements. Amazon acknowledges competition in the cloud computing space, particularly from Microsoft, which has been gaining ground with its advanced A.I. systems developed in partnership with OpenAI.

Amazon’s emphasis on generative A.I. services aligns with industry trends, with sales in this segment reaching “multibillion dollars” annually, according to Dave Fildes, Amazon’s head of investor relations. Microsoft, too, has highlighted the significance of A.I., attributing more than a fifth of its cloud computing growth to A.I. sales.

Amazon’s CEO, Andy Jassy, believes that generative A.I. could herald the most significant technology transformation since the rise of cloud computing. The company remains committed to leveraging A.I. to drive innovation across its business lines and maintain its position as a leader in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

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