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Cloud revenue propelled AWS to impressive growth in the first quarter.

AWS pushed Amazon’s revenue up again

Amazon has just announced impressive year-on-year growth on the back of another three successful months during which it saw net sales reach $143.3 billion, representing a healthy 13% increase. Of that, around 17% was made up of AWS segment sales, which saw a 17% growth compared with the 13% growth recorded last quarter, surpassing Wall Street predictions and underpinning it as an important segment of the company’s earnings.

Despite its origins as an online retailer, Amazon’s cloud businesses has added around $5 billion (or another quarter) to its revenue since the second half of 2022, just weeks before OpenAI’s ChatGPT set a new standard for artificial intelligence.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy commented on AWS’s lucrative role in the company’s books: “The combination of companies renewing their infrastructure modernization efforts and the appeal of AWS’s AI capabilities is reaccelerating AWS’s growth rate.” AWS now has a $100 billion annual revenue run rate.

During the past quarter, AWS made three Local Zones generally available in Atlanta, Chicago, and Houston. It also announced plans for infrastructure Regions in Saudi Arabia and in Mexico and billions in upcoming investment globally to expand its infrastructure and support training efforts. The company also announced the removal of exit fees for those wanting to migrate their data to another cloud, as well as expansions to its Bedrock generative AI service.

Jassy also thanked expansion to its Stores business and strong Advertising revenue fueled by growth in its Stores and Prime Video businesses for pushing the company’s revenue on an upward trajectory. Looking ahead, Jassy alluded to continued growth: “It’s very early days in all of our businesses and we remain excited by how much more we can make customers’ lives better and easier moving forward.”

Of that, around 17% was made up of AWS segment sales, which saw a 17% growth compared with the 13% growth recorded last quarter, surpassing Wall Street predictions and underpinning it as an important segment of the company’s earnings.

Amazon’s impressive growth in the first quarter for the company was largely driven by the revenue from its cloud services segment, Amazon Web Services (AWS). This segment saw a remarkable 17% growth compared to the previous quarter, exceeding expectations and solidifying its status as a significant contributor to Amazon’s overall earnings. CEO Andy Jassy attributed this success to companies focusing on infrastructure modernization and the increasing appeal of AWS’s AI capabilities, leading to a reacceleration of AWS’s growth rate.

Furthermore, AWS’s expansion efforts have been notable, with the introduction of three Local Zones and plans for new infrastructure regions in Saudi Arabia and Mexico. These investments in infrastructure globally, along with the removal of exit fees for data migration and enhancements to its AI services, demonstrate Amazon’s commitment to expanding its cloud offerings and supporting customer needs.

In addition to the strong performance of AWS, Amazon’s revenue growth was also influenced by advancements in its Stores business and robust Advertising revenue driven by growth in its Stores and Prime Video services. As the company looks towards the future, Jassy expressed optimism about the potential for continued growth across all its business sectors, emphasizing the ongoing efforts to enhance customer experiences and simplify their interactions with Amazon services.

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