On the Call: Amazon.com CFO Tom Szkutak

Like many other retailers, Amazon.com Inc. offers free mobile apps in hopes of encouraging smartphone and tablet computer users to shop when they’re on the go.

During a conference call Tuesday with analysts to discuss Amazon’s third-quarter results, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak was asked about the difference in buying habits for physical goods ? such as video games, garden furniture or shoes ? between people using Amazon’s Amazon Mobile app and people using the main Amazon.com website on a computer.

QUESTION: Are customers who are shopping on a smartphone or tablet with Amazon’s mobile app for physical products ? not digital content ? displaying different purchasing behavior than those who are shopping on a PC?

SZKUTAK: In terms of mobile, we actually haven’t released a lot of details on that, so there’s not much I can help you with there. But certainly we are seeing good trends in our mobile business. And again, we like what we’re seeing there, but there’s not much I can help you with on that particular question.