Amazon cruises on strong holiday sales

For the fourth quarter, a strong period for its Kindle e-reader, Amazon saw revenue shoot up to $9.52 billion.

A day after Apple announced a new device that some say goes right at the heart of the Kindle e-reader, Amazon--the maker of the Kindle--reported fourth-quarter net income of $384 million, or 85 cents per share, up from 52 cents a year ago. Revenue was $9.52 billion, a 42 percent increase over the year-ago quarter. (Statement)

Wall Street analysts had been expecting earnings of 72 cents per share on revenue of $9.01 billion.

During the quarter, which included the holiday season, the company said that November was its "best sales month ever" and that the Kindle was the "most gifted item ever" on Amazon.com.

Read more of "Amazon earnings: Strong Q4 on holiday season sales" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

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    Sam Diaz is a senior editor at ZDNet. He has been a technology and business blogger, reporter and editor at the Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News, and Fresno Bee for more than 18 years.

     

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