Amazon.com last week reported huge profits from the quarter that included the holiday season, numbers largely driven by sales of consumer electronics.
The company said in its earnings statement that its net income jumped 71 percent to $384 million in the fourth quarter, which ended on the last day of 2009. The company also posted fourth quarter sales of $9.5 billion, a 42 percent rise.
Electronics played a role, as the company's Worldwide Electronics & Other General Merchandise sales category posted a 60 percent increase in the quarter to $4.61 billion. And while the company has never released exact sales figures for its Kindle device, CEO Jeff Bezos touted the sales of the device.