returned third-quarter net revenue of $48 million.

The online retail giant saw strong sales across all its six countries. Net revenue reached $1.13 billion in the quarter, which ended September 30. Year-on-year net revenue climbed 33 per cent.

"This was another great quarter for, driven by our customer's taking advantage of our lower prices, free shipping and expanded selection," said Tom Szkutak,'s chief financial officer.

The pro forma results exclude items such as stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles and restructuring-related charges. Actual earnings per share according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) were $0.04 on net income of $16 million, compared with a GAAP net loss of $0.09 per share, or $35 million, in 2002's third quarter.

Revenue growth Compared to the same quarter a year earlier, sales from's US and Canada sites grew a combined 21 per cent to $709 million, while sales from the company's UK, Germany, France and Japan sites grew a combined 61 per cent to $425 million.

Each site offers content of specific interest to the country's residents and free-shipping options domestically, but anyone anywhere in the world can buy from the six sites.

Looking ahead, expects fourth quarter net revenue to be between $1.76 billion and $1.91 billion, which would be a growth of between 23 per cent and 34 per cent compared with 2002's fourth quarter. Operating income is expected to be between $110 million and $140 million.

For the full year, expects net revenue to be between $5.75 billion and $6.25 billion and operating income to be between $315 million and $415 million.