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Sony continues to post losses

Things aren't going well for Sony, as the company is struggling in multiple market segments to compete. The company has seen its profits slump and recently posted its eighth consecutive quarterly loss. Sony was also forced to cut sales targets for its TVs, gaming devices, and digital cameras as demand continues to weaken.

Sony has resorted to selling some of the property it owns in order to improve cash flow. In January, Sony sold its New York headquarters for $1.1 billion.

However, the sale of that headquarters didn't stop Sony from posting a loss of $1.73 billion for the quarter that ended in December. Sony blamed some of the loss on slumping TV sales that have plagued some of its competitors including Sharp and Panasonic.

“Having assets to sell is saving Sony,” said Mitsuo Shimizu, a Tokyo-based analyst at Iwai Cosmo Holdings Inc. “It isn’t really clear yet what can start driving growth.”

While Sony posted a loss for the quarter, the company still forecasts full-year net income of $213 million. Sony is also cutting 10,000 jobs, which should help push it towards probability.

“Sony is supposed to sell strong products that aren’t reliant on currency swings,” said Yuuki Sakurai, president of Fukoku Capital Management Inc. “We need to see those products before we’ll invest in Sony again.”

Sony also reduced its forecast for sales of portable game devices for its year ending March to 7 million units from the 10 million units it predicted just three months ago. In addition, Sony is reportedly looking at selling more land, buildings, businesses, and security holdings.
Sony does plan to launch a new “PlayStation 4” game console this year. An exact launch date and official name has not yet been revealed, but we expect to get the full details at the reveal on February 20. The console will reportedly have a price tag of $400+.

Sources: Bloomberg, Nikkei, The Verge

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RE: making crap and expecting a profit?
By luv2liv on 2/7/2013 11:17:30 AM , Rating: 2
newsflash! if people cared about quality, they wouldnt listen to MP3 formats in the first place. nor would they buy ipod to listen to MP3. the ipod/iphone audio is horrendous!

people nowadays are buying based on marketing. Sony was king of marketing. was. apple is the king now.

By stickman555 on 2/7/2013 4:33:12 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed - compared to listening to cds/dvds through my home stereo mp3s on ipod are crap. But on a plan at 30,000 feet through noise-cancelling headphones, mp3s on an ipod are better than the alternative

By TakinYourPoints on 2/7/2013 6:55:57 PM , Rating: 2
There is still quality to be had if you pay for it. Panasonic plasmas for instance, those blow away anything by Sony or anyone else on the market right now, and they're well worth the price.

The problem with a company like Sony is that you're paying a premium for hardware that doesn't justify the price. I don't mind paying more for something if its worth it. Unfortunately Sony's laptops make anything look reasonably priced, even high end laptops by Apple or Lenovo, except that the Apple and Lenovo are going to be much much better machines.

The same reasoning applies with desktops, TVs, receivers (always horribly underpowered), phones, tablets, etc etc. You're generally going to find better products for the same amount or less.

They do make excellent Blu-ray players though, and the PS3 is good. Their new XPeria Tablet Z looks very cool as well, so we'll see if they can turn it around.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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