Amazon books $73 million loss despite rising sales in first quarter 2015

Kye White /

E-commerce giant Amazon reported a loss in its 2015 first quarter results, despite rapidly rising sales, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Amazon booked a net loss of $US57 million ($73 million) for the quarter, despite net sales increasing 15% to $US22.72 billion, compared with $US19.74 billion year-on-year, as the company continues to invest heavily in a number of projects including drone delivery, streaming-video deals and warehouse construction.

Amazon founder and chief executive officer Jeff Bezos said Amazon Web Services, part of the company’s cloud computing offering, is a $US5 billion business that is still growing fast.

“Born a decade ago, AWS is a good example of how we approach ideas and risk-taking at Amazon,” Bezos said.

“We strive to focus relentlessly on the customer, innovate rapidly, and drive operational excellence. We manage by two seemingly contradictory traits: impatience to deliver faster and a willingness to think long term.”

Kye White

Kye began his career at a Fairfax daily on the North-West Coast of Tasmania. He has since taken his belongings, and keen interest in technology, to Melbourne. He has a bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from RMIT University.