Amazon Increases Q1 Online Sales 9.4%

Amazon April 25 said it increased first-quarter (ended March 31) online sales 9.4% to $29.5 billion from $26.9 billion during the previous-year period.

Online sales include media products sold in physical (DVD/Blu-ray Disc) and digital formats, including books, games, videos and software.

Subscription revenue, which includes Prime (and Prime Video) memberships, audiobooks, e-books, digital music and other non-Amazon Web Services revenue, increased nearly 40% to $4.34 billion, compared to $3.10 billion last year.

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Other home entertainment highlights in the quarter included the Prime Video launch of original series “Hanna,” a part high-concept thriller, part coming-of-age drama, based on the 2011 film, and announced the series was picked up for season two.

Additionally, the film Guava Island starring Donald Glover and Rihanna, launched on Prime Video after a surprise premiere at Coachella.

Amazon Studios greenlit more than 20 new and returning local Prime original series, including “La Templanza” in Spain, “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” in Germany, “Bandish Bandits” in India, “El Presidente” in Mexico, and “The Bachelorette” in Japan.

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