Sony dips below 1,000 yen for first time since 1980
News On Japan via Bloomberg -- Jun 04
Sony Corp. (6758) dropped below 1,000 yen in Tokyo trading for the first time since 1980, when the Walkman was new, after Japan's currency gained and the U.S. added jobs at a slower-than-estimated pace.
The shares fell 1.7 percent to close at 996 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Sony, which recorded an all-time intraday high of 16,950 yen in March 2000, last closed below 1,000 yen on Aug. 1, 1980, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Sony, a trendsetter with the portable cassette player, video camera and first compact-disc player, posted four straight annual losses as it failed to develop more hit products, the yen surged and consumers flocked to devices from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. A turnaround plan by new Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai has failed to stem a decline that has the company predicting a ninth year of losses as its TV unit.
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