United States online retail giant announces "biggest holiday" sales gain

They lowered iPhone X sales projections for the first quarter of next year, citing signs of lackluster demand at the end of the holiday shopping season, and the company's shares fell 2.5 percent Tuesday, weighing down the Dow Jones industrial average.

Amazon Echo's popularity on Christmas was corroborated by Apple App Store and Google Play, two virtual stores for the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. Subscribers also get free access to Amazon Prime streaming video and streaming music.

More than 6,000 trailers and 32 Amazon Air planes were active in the US during the holiday season.

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This was Amazon's biggest holiday season to date, "with customers all around the world shopping at record levels", the company said in a press release.

Amazon also said the $30 Echo Dot was the No. 1 best-selling product over the 2017 holiday season from any manufacturer out of the millions of items available in its online store - but didn't say how many were sold.

Across North America and the Europe, associates at 10 fulfillment centers picked, packed, and shipped more than one million customer packages in a single day. According to Amazon, millions of Prime members voiced shopped with Alexa for gifts, Amazon devices, and everyday household items.

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Alexa customers used their device to turn on their holiday lights more than 1 million times. The East Coast of the USA requested holiday music from Alexa 250% more than the West Coast did.

The most-watched Amazon Channel subscriptions over the 2017 holiday season were HBO, Showtime and Starz, and the current seasons of "Game of Thrones", "Shameless" and "Power" were the top watched shows on each channel, respectively.

People asked about Santa 4x as much this holiday season compared to last holiday season.

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Mobile shopping saw big growth this holiday season, too. Both placed Amazon Alexa - the voice-based assistant software behind Amazon Echo - as the most downloaded app on Christmas Day.

  • Israel Montgomery