Wow. I have been a believer in Amazon’s long term strategy. Earnings have not been as positive as many expected (over the last few years) but I continued to believe Jeff Bezos’ long term strategy and execution were very positive. I was a bit concerned that present earnings were not better. This quarter the earnings were quite impressive. One quarters numbers are not significant to the long term success. And if earnings were to be less impressive in the coming quarters that would not sour me on the stock. But the good earning are a nice surprise and something that has been made possible through many years of smart moves by Amazon (that reduced short term profits over those years).
Net income increased 115% to $111 million in the first quarter, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with net income of $51 million, or $0.12 per diluted share in first quarter 2006. First quarter 2007 effective tax rate was 23% compared with an effective tax rate of 47% in first quarter 2006.
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