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Sony’s profits rise by 3% despite trend away from gaming

A shortage of computer chips has also slowed production of the Sony’s PlayStation 5 machine.

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Sony has reported a rise in profits (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

Sony has reported a rise in profits (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

Sony has reported a rise in profits (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

Sony’s profits have edged up 3% in the last quarter, weathering production setbacks from Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai and a trend away from video gaming as pandemic restrictions eased elsewhere.

Sony’s April-June profit totalled 218 billion yen ($1.6 billion), up from 212 billion yen a year earlier, the Japanese electronics and entertainment company said.

Quarterly sales rose 2% to 2.31 trillion yen on the back of strong demand in Sony’s music operations, including for Harry Styles’ Harry’s House and Doja Cat’s Planet Her.

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Harry Styles helped boost Sony music sales (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Harry Styles helped boost Sony music sales (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Harry Styles helped boost Sony music sales (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Among the better performers in movies was Morbius, a film based on the Marvel Comics hero. Sony is also hoping Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt and set for release in August, will do well at the box office.

Sony, which makes the PlayStation video game consoles, Bravia TVs and Columbia Pictures films, said sales from its music streaming service rose during the quarter.

Despite some concern about a global economic slowdown, the streaming business was expected to remain stable, said chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki.

Sales fell in the video games sector and technology services. One reason was that, as restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic eased, people were playing games less and instead going out, Mr Totoki said.

Also, a shortage of computer chips has slowed production of the Sony’s PlayStation 5 machine.

Sony’s game software sales fell in the latest quarter while costs for developing software rose.

Sony acknowledged the slowdown in shipments may dampen the momentum of game players’ interest in PlayStation 5.

But the company is banking on major game titles slated for release later in the year to revive sales.

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Sony said it expects its full fiscal year profit to fall to 800 billion yen from the previous year’s 882 billion yen.


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