Amazon sales forecast misses estimates, shares fall

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s forecast for third-quarter sales missed Wall Street expectations on Thursday, as consumers return to brick-and-mortar stores after shopping more online for the past year due to the pandemic.

Shares of Amazon, which is only $170 billion away from joining the $2 trillion market cap club, were down 5% in extended trading.

The company expects current-quarter sales between $106 billion and $112 billion, or to grow between 10% and 16%.

Analysts were expecting $118.90 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

The speedy vaccine rollout and easing of restrictions have led consumers to venture out to stores, while adapting new ways of shopping such as click-and-collect, in competition with fast delivery services for online orders provided by Amazon and its peers.

The company also reported a rare quarterly sales miss, amid competition from retailers such as Walmart Inc and Target Corp that have ramped up their online businesses over the past year.

Amazon’s net sales rose to $113.08 billion in the second quarter ended June 30 from $88.91 billion, a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected $115.20 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

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