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Amazon shipped more than 5 billion items via Prime in 2017

Amazon says Prime members around the world used their digital benefits more in 2017 than ever before.

The Amazon Prime number for 2017 was 5 billion. 

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The company said it shipped more than 5 billion items via its Prime service in 2017. Prime, which costs $99 a year or $10.99 a month, provides members with free two-day shipping on eligible purchases in the US, as well as unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, among other benefits. 

More new paid members joined Prime this year than any other year, Amazon Prime Vice President Greg Greeley said in a statement, adding, "members used digital benefits like Prime Video, Prime Music and Prime Reading more than ever before."

Amazon said last week that it had its "biggest holiday season" this year, and that more than four million people started free trials of Prime or bought memberships in a single week.  

Amazon's own Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot topped the list of best-selling products purchased by Prime members in the US.

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