While holiday unit sales of print books got off to a slow start Thanksgiving weekend, they ended on a strong note. Print unit sales increased 7% in the week ended Dec. 24, 2017, over the comparable week in 2016 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The gain was driven by the retail and club channel, where unit sales were 8% higher than the week ended Dec. 25, 2016. Sales through mass merchandisers fell 2% in the week compared to 2016. Juvenile nonfiction had the strongest gain among the major book segments, with units up 19% over 2016. Rob Elliott’s Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids was #1 on the category bestseller list, selling more than 33,000 copies. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo moved up the list in the week, selling almost 25,000 copies, which put it in fourth place on the segment bestseller list. Click Read More below for additional information.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2016.
Operating cash flow increased 42% to $12.7 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $7.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments increased to $3.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases increased to $2.5 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with an outflow of $492 million for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2015.
Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 495 million on June 30, 2016, compared with 488 million one year ago.
Net sales increased 31% to $30.4 billion in the second quarter, compared with $23.2 billion in second quarter 2015. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on net sales was $166 million.
Operating income was $1.3 billion in the second quarter, compared with $464 million in second quarter 2015.
Net income was $857 million in the second quarter, or $1.78 per diluted share, compared with $92 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in second quarter 2015.
“It’s been a busy few months for Amazon around the world, and particularly in India — where we launched a new AWS Region, introduced Prime with unlimited free shipping, and announced that Prime Video is coming soon, offering Prime members in India exclusive access to Amazon Original Series and Movies — including original content featuring top Indian creators and talent,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “The team in India is inventing at a torrid pace, and we’re very grateful to our Indian customers for their welcoming response.”
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