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发布时间:2022-11-15 作者:yirui 点击:857

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently warned consumers and businesses they should consider postponing large purchases in the coming months as the global economy contends with a downturn and faces a possible recession.


The business leader offered his starkest advice yet on a faltering economy in an exclusive sit-down interview with CNN’s Chloe Melas on Saturday at Bezos’ Washington, DC, home.

周六,贝佐斯在位于华盛顿特区的家中接受了CNN记者Chloe Metals的独家专访。这位商业领袖对于摇摇欲坠的经济给出了最直白的建议。

Bezos urged people to put off expenditures for big-ticket items such as new cars, televisions and appliances, noting that delaying big purchases is the surest way to keep some “dry powder” in the event of a prolonged economic downturn. Meanwhile, small businesses may want to avoid making large capital expenditures or acquisitions during this uncertain time, Bezos added.


Dry powder:字面意思为干面粉,意指流动性的资产或现金。

注释:Capital expenditures (CapEx) are funds used by a company to acquire, upgrade, and maintain physical assets such as property, plants, buildings, technology, or equipment. (资本支出是指公司用于收购、升级并维护实体资产,比如不动产、工厂、建筑物、技术或设备所支出的费用)

If enough consumers follow through with Bezos’ advice, it could mean lower sales for Amazon, the e-commerce giant Bezos founded and that created the vast majority of the billionaire’s wealth.


The New York Times reported Monday that Amazon plans to slash its workforce, laying off 10,000 workers, the largest reduction in the company’s history. That’s in addition to a previously announced hiring freeze in its corporate workforce. The company is second only to Walmart in the number of people it employs in the United States.


Amazon (AMZN) said in October it expects sales for the final three months of the year to be significantly below Wall Street’s expectations. The weaker forecast came as rising inflation and looming recession fears weigh on consumer purchasing decisions as Americans focus more on travel and dining out and less on buying discretionary goods.


The company’s stock has fallen more than 40% as surging prices and changing customer behavior weigh on Amazon and the broader tech sector.


Bezos said the probability of economic conditions worsening makes it prudent to save some cash if it’s an option.


“Take some risk off the table,” he said. “Just a little bit of risk reduction could make the difference.”


take (something) off the table:To withdraw something or make it no longer available

Last month, Bezos tweeted a warning to his followers on Twitter, recommending that they “batten down the hatches.” The advice was meant for business owners and consumers alike, Bezos said in the interview.


注释:“batten down the hatches,” is to prepare for trouble,源自航海,指在面对恶劣天气时,要压紧舱门,应对即将到来的危险,中文引申含义为面对危险或困境,要严阵以待。

Although the US economy is not, technically, in a recession, nearly 75% of likely voters in a recent CNN poll said they feel as though it is. Wages are up, but not enough to take the sting off inflation, most notably high prices of necessities like food, fuel and shelter. For those invested in stocks, it’s not been a great year, either, and that’s especially hard on retirees who are living off their investments.


Other business leaders have issued similar messages about the economy in recent months. Tesla (TSLA) and Twitter CEO Elon Musk last month admitted demand for Tesla (TSLA)s was “a little harder” to come by, and noted that Europe and China are experiencing a “recession of sorts.” Musk also warned that Tesla (TSLA) would fall short of its sales growth target.


JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in October spooked the stock market by saying a recession could hit the United States in as little as six to nine months.

摩根大通首席执行官杰米-戴蒙(Jamie Dimon)在10月份表示,经济衰退最快可能会在6-9个内席卷美国,这番话让股市大受惊吓。