Internet retailer Amazon.com is back into the red but claims that its internal sales are on the up.
The company failed to build on last year's first-quarterly profit and racked up losses of $94m during April, May and June.
But despite the loss, the firm reported strong international sales and has raised its outlook for the rest of the year.
Sales jumped 21 per cent to $806m during the three-monthly period, with overseas sales driving the expansion.
International sales from Amazon's British, German, French and Japanese sites rose by 70 per cent to $218m.
The group has cut costs by shedding 1,000 staff and closing distribution centres. It has also created a marketplace section for users to sell goods and discounted books and scrapped shipping charges on large orders.
Electronics, tools and kitchen sector sales also showed some of the best growth, as the company continues its expansion away from the traditional books and CDs business.
Amazon's net loss of $94m is significantly less than that suffered in the same period last year, some $168m.
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