Amazon.com today (Jan. 27) posted a jump in quarterly profit, as revenues surged 36% due to the company's busiest holiday season yet .

Amazon.com today (Jan. 27) posted a jump in quarterly profit, as revenues surged 36% due to the company's busiest holiday season yet and a weaker U.S. dollar. Fourth-quarter results were strong enough to make 2003 Amazon's first profitable year ever.

Seattle-based Amazon said fourth-quarter net profit rose to $73.2 million, or 17 cents per diluted share, from $2.7 million, or one cent per share, in the year-ago period. Profit excluding charges was 29 cents per share. Revenues rose 36% to $1.95 billion.

Amazon shares dipped to $55.14 in extended trading from their Nasdaq close of $55.74.

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