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Sony profit beats estimates as videogames help offset sensor decline

Published 29/01/2016 | 07:55

People attend the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York, February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
People attend the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York, February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sony on Friday reported quarterly profit that beat market estimates, as videogame sales and cost cuts in its flagging mobile business offset a fall in sales of the image sensors that had led the company's turnaround a year prior.

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October-December operating profit rose 11pc from a year earlier to 202.1bn yen ($1.68bn), beating the average 175bn yen forecast of 8 analysts according to Thomson Reuters data.

Sony has fallen behind Apple and Samsung as well as low-cost Asian rivals in consumer electronics such as smartphones and TVs.

But cost cuts as well as strong sales of PlayStation 4 games and image sensors used in smartphones helped a turnaround at the Japanese manufacturer over the past year.

Worries about weaker sales of Apple's iPhones and a slowdown in China's mobile market have weighed on Sony shares in recent weeks. The stock closed at 2,523 yen on Friday, down around 16pc since the start of the year.

Sony said quarterly sales of devices, including image sensors, fell 13pc from a year earlier. The segment, also hit by weak battery sales, booked a loss of 11.7bn yen compared with a 53.8bn yen profit in the previous year.

The company maintained its outlook for full-year operating profit to grow to 320bn yen from 68.5bn in the previous year.

Reuters

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