Prime Is Amazon's Profit Killer

Prime Is Amazon's Profit Killer's revenue continues to climb, jumping 22% in the most recent quarter to $12.8 billion. But the company lost money, and the biggest reasons were a 35% rise in fulfillment costs and a 47% jump in technology and content. Both of these costs are due to Amazon's Prime service, and while Prime is fueling growth, it's also killing profits. Long-term, that poses a challenge for investors, who have to begin wondering when Amazon will make a profit.

What Amazon is really trying to do is grow so large it blocks out possibilities for its competitors. The ability to give up short-term profits for long-term growth has, so far, given the company a leg up in retail along with a few other companies. You can read about the 3 Companies Ready to Rule Retail in The Motley Fool's special report. Uncovering these top picks is free today; just click here to read more.

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