Amazon announced financial results for its second quarter of the year, a period that ended on June 30, 2022. Revenue for the tech giant in the period increased by 7.2% from a year earlier to US$121.2 billion, which was slightly slower than the 7.3% rise in the first quarter, marking Amazon’s slowest growth in about two decades. Operating cash flow decreased 40% to US$35.6 billion for the trailing 12 months, compared with US$59.3 billion for the trailing 12 months ended June 30, 2021. Furthermore, free cash flow decreased to an outflow of US$23.5 billion for the trailing 12 months, compared with an inflow of US$12.1 billion for the trailing 12 months ended June 30, 2021.
During the period, the company’s streaming service Prime Video debuted five new Original series: “The Terminal List,” “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” “Chloe,” “The One That Got Away,” and “Forever Summer: Hamptons.” In addition, adult animated series “Undone” and “Fairfax” each returned for second seasons. Moreover, Prime Video’s robust international slate grew with the debut of more than 25 local Originals and live sporting events. “Despite continued inflationary pressures in fuel, energy, and transportation costs, we are making progress on the more controllable costs we referenced last quarter, particularly improving the productivity of our fulfillment network,” commented Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon.
“We’re also seeing revenue accelerate as we continue to make Prime even better for members, both investing in faster shipping speeds, and adding unique benefits such as free delivery from Grubhub for a year, exclusive access to NFL Thursday Night Football games starting September 15, and releasing the highly anticipated series ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ on September 2,” Jassy added.