‘It’s just the beginning’: Covid push to digital boosts big tech profits

‘It’s just the beginning’: Covid push to digital boosts big tech profits

The Guardian

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Apple, Google owner Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft raked in money in first quarter

Big tech is on a roll. In every minute of the first three months of 2021, Apple, Google owner Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft sold products and services worth about $2.5m (£1.8m) combined. Profits before tax for the period came in at $88bn – more than $1bn of profit for every working day.

After a year of shifting to online work and leisure across the global economy, financial results published this week by most of US tech’s biggest names were bound to be strong. But even more bullish analysts on Wall Street were surprised by how fast they raked in money in the quarter, auguring even greater profits in the years ahead.

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