Mounting losses at its TV division, Sony Pictures and the gaming business force the electronics giant to slash its financial figures for the year to March 2014

Struggling electronics giant Sony has today cut its full-year profit forecast by a whopping 40% as it attempts to regain its position as one of the world's leading consumer electronics brands.

As in previous years, it has been hit by increased competition and slowing demand in the hugely competitive flatscreen TV sector. This was compounded by increased losses at Sony Pictures, its film division, with a number of flops at the box office.

"The current quarter reflects the theatrical underperformance of White House Down, while the previous fiscal year included the strong theatrical performance of the Amazing Spider-Man," the firm said in a statement.

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Sony now expects to make a net profit of 30bn yen (£190m) in the year to March 31st, 2014 against an earlier prediction of 50bn yen (£320m).

The company has been forced to slash its forecast following a 25% increase in losses during the July-to-September quarter, which reached 19.3bn (£120m) yen.

Sony Pictures recorded an operating loss of 17.8bn yen (£110m) during the latest quarter, compared to an operating profit of 7.9bn yen a year earlier.

And the troubled TV division posted an operating loss of 9.3bn yen (£60m) for the three months to the end of September, with the games division also showing an operating loss.

Of Sony's eight divisions, only the music and financial services units managed to boost profit from a year ago. 

Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai promised a renewed attack in hardware with a focus on mobile devices, imaging technology and gaming.

The company's smartphone division, led by the likes of the Xperia Zlooks set to match predictions, while pre-orders for the PS4, which is out on November 29th, are reportedly looking strong.

 

By Andy Clough

 

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