Sony ekes out small operating profit, cites 7.4 million phones sold, strong performance of the Xperia S

Sony ekes out small quarterly profit, cites strong sales of the Xperia S
Sony's operating income slid 77% year-on-year in the last quarter, the company reported, down to mere $79 million. This is still much better than the first quarter, when the company ate a huge loss on restructuring and consolidation charges.

Bringing Sony Mobile into its Mobile Products & Communications (MP&C) division would have increased sales in that segment, which also includes the company's laptops, with 14%, had it been done in the same quarter last year, thanks primarily to strong sales of the Sony Xperia S and the Sony Xperia acro HD, claims the company. 

Still, due to the falling prices of laptops, the MP&C division recorded a $356 million loss. The company sold 7.4 million smartphones, and its forecast for the 12 months ending August 2013 is 34 million units in total.

source: Sony (PDF)

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