Online bookseller Amazon.com has laid off 150 staff, or two per cent of its 7,500 workforce, following an internal reorganisation.
Most of the cuts were made at the retailer's Seattle headquarters.
"We do ongoing organisational reviews to ensure that we always have the right skills and the right number of people in line with the mission of the company," said an Amazon spokesman.
Staff who lost their jobs will receive a severance package and help from the company in finding new jobs, he said.
"The critical thing is that the strategy is not changing. This is not to be lumped with some of the other dot-com actions you've seen. We're still a growth company and we're still hiring," he added.
The spokesman claimed that the redundancies are not the result of post Christmas letdowns or other seasonal fluctuations.
Amazon is expected to post its fourth fiscal quarter results on 2 February.
Earlier this month, the retailer said that fourth quarter sales had more than doubled to $650 million from $253 million a year earlier, but warned of higher than expected losses, with estimates ranging from a loss of $0.43 to $0.55 per share.
"I would almost classify it as growing pains for Amazon," said Peter Schwab, managing director at consultant Ernst & Young. "The company probably overhired in various places and now realises that it doesn't need those people."
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