Amazon, the world's biggest ecommerce website, kept the records coming as it reported its best quarterly profit performance in the company's history.
Seattle-based Amazon reported after the closing bell in New York on Thursday that net income more than doubled in the fourth quarter to $1.9bn, or $3.75 per share, compared with $749m, or $1.54 a share, in the same period a year ago.
The net income figure included a provisional tax benefit, derived from the recent US reforms, of about $789m. Operating income rose 69% to $2.1bn.
Full year 2017
For its full year, net sales rose 31% to $177.9bn, compared with 2016. However, operating income fell 2% to $4.1bn.
Full-year net income rose to $3bn, or $6.15 per share, compared with $.4bn, or $4.90 a share, in 2016.
The company said that in 2017 more than five billion items were shipped via Amazon Prime as more new members joined the service than in any previous year.