+ Revenue beats guidance. 4Q22 revenue grew 8.6% YoY (12% in constant currency) to US$149.2bn, slightly above the top end of US$148bn company guidance. Retail sales were boosted by Prime Early Access Sales in October and Thanksgiving-Cyber Monday holiday weekend sales outperformance. Prime saw record new sign-ups during Rings of Power launch window. AWS remains the fastest growing segment, up 20% YoY, and was the sole contributor to the overall operating income of US$2.7bn.
+ Advertising continues bucking industry trends. Advertising grew 19% YoY to US$11.6bn (7.7% of total 4Q22 revenue) while competitors continue to see advertising revenue decline. Amazon continued to see inflow of advertising demand from sellers, vendors, and brands during the competitive holiday season, even as sellers were being frugal with their marketing budgets in the current macroeconomic environment.
– 1Q23 AWS growth expected to decelerate. AWS YoY growth for January 2023 was in the mid-teens as enterprises continue their efforts in optimizing their spending by opting for lower-cost products. Management expects these optimization efforts to be the key headwind for AWS over the next few quarters. However, Amazon indicated that its new customer pipeline remains robust as many are putting plans in place to migrate to the cloud and commit to AWS for the long term.