Amazon.com lost money last year but took a big chunk of market share in the process.
The Web giant’s net losses for 2012 tallied $39 million, or 9 cents a diluted share. That compared with 2011 earnings of $631 million, or $1.37 a share. Losses came in 6 cents worse than the 3-cent deficit analysts projected, but investors took the miss in stride and shares of the company gained 8.1 percent to $281.39 in after-market trading Tuesday.
Amazon has fashion on its radar and last fall leased a 40,000-square-foot space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a photo studio to support Amazon Fashion, Shopbop and MyHabit. The studio will shoot thousands of on-model looks a year in a bid to improve the presentation of fashion on the Web sites.
The company has also been beefing up its ability to get goods to consumers, opening 20 new fulfillment centers last year.
That type of spending, which has eaten into Amazon’s bottom line, is intended to help the firm continue to grab sales and market share. The company’s total revenues jumped 27.1 percent to $61.09 billion last year as sales of products increased 23.2 percent to $51.73 billion.
Amazon doesn’t break out how much of its sales come from fashion and accessories, but overall growth is expected to continue. First-quarter sales are slated to rise to between $15 billion and $16.6 billion, growth of between 14 and 26 percent.
The company has radically disrupted a series of businesses as it’s grown.
“We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, who this month was given the National Retail Federation’s Gold Medal award. “After five years, eBooks is a multibillion-dollar category for us and growing fast — up approximately 70 percent last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just 5 percent.”
Amazon’s fourth-quarter earnings fell 45.2 percent to $97 million, or 21 cents a share, as revenues rose 22 percent to $21.27 billion.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion