Amazon UK Says No Brexit Hit To Sales So Far

Amazon said in a blog post that programs were developed specifically for the voice-commanded Alexa software used in devices such as Echo and Fire TV

Amazon has not seen a British sales dip since the vote to leave the European Union, its new U.K. boss said on Wednesday, after announcing the online retailer would create a further 1,000 jobs across the U.K. this year.

“Our sales are in line with expectations… It’s business as usual as far as we are concerned,” U.K. country manager Doug Gurr told reporters on Wednesday.

He declined to say what those expectations were.

Gurr, who became Amazon’s UK head in May after a stint in China, said it was too early to say what the impact of the June 23 Brexit vote would be.

“There’s a lot of details to be worked out … We don’t know exactly what the regulatory environment will be, we don’t know exactly what the terms of the new separation will be,” he said.

A survey published last week showed confidence among British consumers fell sharply in the days after the referendum, while on Tuesday department store retailer John Lewis [JLP.UL] said its sales grew more slowly last week.

On Tuesday the boss of Sainsbury’s, Britain’s second largest supermarket group, said there was a danger of Britain talking itself into another recession.

Gurr said Amazon’s plans for the U.K. had not changed on the Brexit vote.

(Reporting by James Davey. Editing by Paul Sandle; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

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