July 28, 2011 – TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp reported a 59 percent drop in quarterly operating profit, as it struggled with production woes following the devastating March earthquake in Japan.
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April-June profit fell to 27.5 billion yen from 67.0 billion yen a year earlier. The result compared with market estimates of 15.2 billion yen, based on the average of forecasts by five analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The maker of Bravia TVs and PlayStation game consoles left its full-year operating profit forecast unchanged at 200 billion yen, flat on the previous year, and against an average forecast of 224.5 billion yen among 22 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company cut its annual forecast for televisions to 22 million sets from 27 million, but kept its unit sales estimate for PlayStation 3 games consoles at 15 million and digital camera sales at 24 million units.
For the remainder of the business year it expects a dollar/yen rate of 80 yen and a euro/yen of 115 yen.
(Reporting by Isabel Reynolds; Editing by Anshuman Daga)