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Sony said Thursday (Oct. 25) it returned to the black in its fiscal second-quarter (July-September) thanks to a weak yen and higher sales of its digital cameras. As a result, the company has revised up its forecast for the fiscal year ending March.
Sony's operating profit up to ¥90.5 billion (US$790 million; €556 million) from an operating loss of ¥20.8 billion ($182 million; €128 million) the year before. Revenue up 12.3 percent to ¥2.08 trillion (US$18.2 billion; €12.8 billion), led by brisk sales of Cyber-shot digital cameras, Vaio PCs and Bravia LCD TVs. Net profit surged to ¥73.7 billion (US$643 million; €453 million) from ¥1.7 billion (US$15 million; €10 million) a year earlier.
As for Sony's game division and PS3: the division incurred an operating loss of ¥96.7 billion (US$844 million; €593 million), up from the loss of ¥43.5 billion (US$380 million; €267 million) the previous year. Including the operating loss it sustained in the second quarter, the game division already made operating losses of nearly ¥125 billion (US$1.1 billion; €798 million) since the start of the current fiscal year in March. Sony delivered 1.31 million PS3 consoles in the second quarter, up from 710,000 units in the first quarter.
The original and alternative sources report include other data including numbers for Sony's movie and financial service businesses.