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This quarter it is at $4.6 billion, compared to $3.4 billion the same quarter previous year.

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, affirms that in Q4 hardware sales more than doubled, compared to the corresponding period past year.

In the third quarter, the company's advertising business grew 23% year over year to $24.1 billion and contributed to nearly 90% of revenue.

Sales in North America jumped to $US37.3 billion from $US26.4 billion (That includes all sales), while its cloud computing business, AWS saw revenue hit $US5.11 billion, up 47% on a year earlier. The firm also pointed to a new Tax Act in the United States, which it says caused a one-time $9.9bn expense during the quarter. Analysts had expected revenue excluding those payments to partners of $25.57 billion, up from $21.22 billion a year ago. Google Network Members' Properties revenues rose to $5 billion from $4.4 billion a year ago.

The company also announced Thursday that on Wednesday, its board approved an $8.6 billion stock buyback of its Class C shares, saying the repurchase would take place "from time to time" through open-market purchases or privately negotiated deals. Revenue beat expectations by more than $400 million but earnings per share of $9.70 missed Wall Street consensus estimates.

Amazon shares were down almost 4% in regular trading but jumped by that much after it reported better than forecast sales and earnings figures, and made upbeat forecasts about the current quarter.

Amazon posted revenues of $60.5 billion for the last quarter of 2017, which is up from $43.74 billion in the same period of 2016.

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The increase in revenue and clicks come despite Google's issues with advertisers previous year.

Schmidt oversaw the huge corporate restructuring of Google in 2015, until it eventually became a business unit of the holding company Alphabet, whose holdings now include Google, YouTube, Nest and Waymo.

However, the big losses of about a billion dollars a quarter continue to come from its so-called "Other bets" such as the Nest home products unit, the Waymo self-driving auto company and other leading-edge initiatives. Alphabet raked in $32.3 billion in revenue in its fourth quarter, and just about $4.7 billion came from what Alphabet refers to as Google's "other revenues".

In an investor call, Zuck brushed this off as a short-term loss in the quest for more "meaningful interactions" in the long term.

Google Cloud seems to be the jewel in the crown here, banking $1bn in sales for Q4 2017 alone.

In a bumper 2017, the California giant recorded full-year revenues of $110.9bn, the first time it has broken the $100bn mark.

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