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Panasonic Profits Soar Above 50%

Panasonic Profits Soar Above 50%Panasonic Profits Soar Above 50%

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Wednesday that its net profit soared 57% from a year ago, mainly thanks to a tax accounting change as it reshapes its business, AFP reported. The Osaka-based firm’s earnings for the three months to June surged to ¥59.52 billion ($482 million), while operating profit edged down 7% to ¥76.56 billion. Sales were almost flat at ¥1.86 trillion from a year ago. The upbeat net profit was also supported by Panasonic’s lesser-known auto parts unit. The segment profit grew 35% from the same period last year “due mainly to rationalization in materials, fixed-cost reductions and the positive impact of exchange rate fluctuation”, the company said in a statement. Panasonic’s auto division makes various products found in vehicles, including electrical components and car navigation systems. A weaker yen has made Japanese exporters relatively more competitive overseas and inflated the value of repatriated overseas profits. For the current fiscal year, which started in April, Panasonic kept its forecast for a ¥180 billion net profit on revenue of ¥8.0 trillion.