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The company's retail Web site shut down, giving an error code to anyone visiting it, according to Keynote Systems Inc., a California-based company that measures Web site performance.
"Amazon's systems are very complex and on rare occasions, despite our best efforts, they may experience problems," Inc. spokesman Craig Berman said in a brief e-mail statement. "We work to minimize any disruption and to get the site back as quickly as possible."
As one of the Internet's giants, Amazon attracts massive amounts of traffic and money. Analysts forecast the company will bring in more than $19 billion in sales this year. Last quarter, the company recorded $2.13 billion in sales in North America.
In April, more than 58 million visitors in the United States went to, according to data from ComScore Inc.
The impact on sales from the two-hour blackout was not immediately known.
Shawn White, Keynote's director of external operations, said an error in the configuration of the Web site might have caused the shutdown.
"Even accessing the home page involves complex multistep interactions between the Web browser and a number of back-end systems within Amazon," White said.
Berman said the Web services Amazon provides for other companies were not affected, nor were its international sites.

Updated : 2021-05-09 16:29 GMT+08:00