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News shares rise despite drop in quarterly profits

Published on Jan 30, 2013 6:51 AM
A box from is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado in this July 23, 2008 file photo. Inc said on Tuesday that fourth-quarter revenue jumped 22 percent to $21.27 billion as the world's largest Internet retailer grabbed a big share of online spending during the crucial holiday period. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Shares of online retail titan surged on Tuesday after the company reported that quarterly profit sank at the end of last year but its margins were better than expected.

The Seattle, Washington-based company reported a profit of US$97 million on sales of US$21.27 billion in the fiscal quarter that ended on Dec 31.

Sales were up 22 per cent from the same period a year earlier, but profit was 45 per cent less by comparison, according to the earnings report.

The earnings figures missed Wall Street forecasts, but a gross margin topping 24 per cent outshined expectations regarding the share of revenue staying in the company coffers after costs.

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