Amazon cloud revenue jumps 49 percent in first quarter

Amazon cloud revenue jumps 49 percent in first quarter

Amazon’s cloud business exceeded analyst estimates, with revenue climbing 49 percent in the first quarter.

Amazon Web Services reported sales on Thursday of $5.44 billion, compared to the $5.26 billion average estimate of analysts surveyed by FactSet. AWS contributed about 11 percent of Amazon’s total revenue for the period, up from 8.5 percent in the prior quarter.

AWS continues to be a big revenue driver and even larger profit engine for its parent company, which dominates the low-margin e-commerce market. In cloud-computing infrastructure, Amazon has a substantial market share lead over Microsoft Azure, Google’s Cloud platform and IBM, as well as other players like Alibaba and Oracle.

While AWS has maintained growth above 40 percent, Microsoft and Google are currently expanding much faster and picking up share.

AWS produced $1.4 billion in operating income in the first quarter. That accounted for 73 percent of Amazon’s $1.93 billion in operating income.

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