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Sony posts 18% jump in first-quarter profit on strong image sensor business

Key Points
  • Japan's Sony on Tuesday reported an 18.4% increase in first-quarter operating profit.
  • The results beat market expectations thanks to a strong performance in the image sensor business.
  • The company maintained its profit forecast for the year ending March at 810 billion yen.
Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Switch game console signage is displayed during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
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Japan's Sony on Tuesday reported an 18.4% increase in first-quarter operating profit, beating market expectations thanks to a strong performance in the image sensor business.

The electronics firm posted an operating profit of 230.93 billion yen ($2.1 billion) for the April-June quarter, up from 195.01 billion yen a year prior.

That was above a consensus estimate of 173.61 billion yen from 8 analysts polled by Refinitiv.

The company maintained its profit forecast for the year ending March at 810 billion yen.

After two years of record profits, Sony is now facing headwinds in the games business, central to the company's recent revival.

The gaming business is expecting larger costs to develop a next-generation console that analysts say will come in 2020, as the five-year old PlayStation 4 nears the end of its life.

But bigger profits at the image sensor business, driven by demand for large-size image sensors and multiple-lens camera systems for smartphones, offset the weakness in the gaming business.

The semiconductor business, which includes image sensors, posted a profit of 49.5 billion yen, up from 29.1 billion yen a year earlier.

The gaming business posted a profit of 73.8 billion yen, down from 83.5 billion yen a year earlier.

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Huawei says its first-half revenue jumped 23.2% despite political headwinds

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  • China's Huawei reported a 23.2% year-over-year increase in revenue for the first six months of 2019 despite facing political headwinds.
  • Huawei's carrier business, which sells core networking equipment, reported 146.5 billion yuan in sales revenue.
  • The tech giant also said it shipped 118 million smartphone units for the period, resulting in a 24% jump compared to the year-ago period.