Gaming division was a $6 million profit for the holiday season and combine sales of both PS3/PS2 is 6.8 million.
Sony Quarterly Loss 115 Million(4 posts)
I'm no expert in economics but I always had a doubt about how things work around the industry.
Let's say SONY invests $1 million every year in the industry and to break even from it's investments and cover it's costs SONY should at least gain $1 million in revenue. Let's suppose that in 2011 SONY made $5 million in profit, that's 500%(?) of profit, things go well. In 2012 Sony invests $1 million again but this time SONY makes $3 million in profit.
Does this count as a loss if compared with 2011's earnings? I mean, in 2011 they got 5 times their investment, but in 2012 they got 3 times, still makes their business "healthy" and able to continue, or not?
Sorry if I'm confusing some terms etc, not my cup of tea! :p
Profit/Loss is essentially on spend and income that period. So what happened last year isn't factored in unless you are doing a comparison. In the example you gave profits would be down, but it would still be profits.
Why don't your figures match what is in the document? 10.8 billion yen loss = $124m in the doc. Also gaming division was $53m profit. Whilst still in loss overall they have cut them significantly since last year and the results are generally seen as positive ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21364489
Sorry if that doesn't match what you were looking for though ;)
An Operating loss is when you spend more than you bring in.
What you're talking about is a year on year decline in profits.
Sony made an Operating loss.
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