Panasonic reported its fourth straight year of profit growth, thanks to 53% year-on-year growth in its automotive and industrial systems category.

Panasonic posted profits of 381.9 billion yen for the year ending March 2015, up 25% on the previous year. Total sales brought in 7,715 billion yen, remaining flat on 2014.

The company's appliances segment saw profit increase by 37% to 40.5 billion yen, thanks largely, Panasonic said in a statement, to overseas sales in home appliances such as air conditioners.

The TV division continues to struggle, however, due to a sharp price decline in Japan and the worsening profitability of the TV market in general. Panasonic officially ended plasma TV production in December 2013, and the TV market remains a cut-throat one, now dominated by Korean brands, LG and Samsung.

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So, the automotive and industrial systems section has picked-up the slack, increasing profit in this segment by 53% on 2014, to 105.7 billion yen.

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Panasonic forecast sales of 8,000 billion yen, up 4% y-o-y, and operating profit of 430 billion yen, up 13% y-o-y, for the fiscal year 2016. 

Panasonic unveiled new TVs at CES 2015, and aims to release the first 4K Blu-ray player by Spring 2016.

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