Amazon.com releases Q3 results

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Amazon.com Inc. today announced its third quarter financial results.

Net sales increased 31% to $4.26 billion in the third quarter, compared with $3.26 billion in third quarter 2007. Excluding the $80 million favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales grew 28% compared with third quarter 2007, the company said.

Operating income increased 26% to $154 million in the third quarter, compared with $123 million in third quarter 2007. Excluding the $5 million favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, operating income grew 22%, compared with third quarter 2007.

Net income increased 48% to $118 million in the third quarter, or $0.27 per share, compared with net income of $80 million, or $0.19 per share, in third quarter 2007.

Operating cash flow was $1.27 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $1.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2007.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards outstanding totaled 448 million on September 30, 2008, compared with 435 million a year ago.

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