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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 16: On-Line Shopping   By PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America Sunday, July 16th. On this date in 1995, a small start-up company launched its business of selling books online out of a two-car garage in Bellevue, Washington. The first item purchased was a book titled "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought." The 1995 garage operation was The company now has some 340,000 employees and around 45,000 robots to pack and ship the annual $136 billion worth of books and much else. Not all of America's 28,000 electronic shopping ventures do so well, but last year internet sales totaled nearly $395 billion, or over 8 percent of all retail sales. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at

Amazon launch and first sale/accessed 4/27/2017:
Went public /accessed 4/27/2017:
Amazon employees/accessed 4/27/2017:
Robots and annual sales/accessed 4/27/2017:
Market capitalization/accessed 54/27/2017:
2015 e-commerce sales/NAICS 4541:
Number of electronic shopping establishments/County Business Patterns/NAICS 45411:

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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