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Sony music businesses see revenues and profits rise

By | Published on Monday 10 February 2014

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While Sony Corp at large continues to struggle, the conglom’s music businesses are doing alright, with revenues in the last quarter of 2013 across the music division – which includes the Sony record company, Sony/ATV publishing firm and its music businesses in Japan – up 14.4% year-on-year, resulting in an operating profit rise of 32.5%. In cash terms that’s $1.38 billion in revenue and about $207 million in profit.

Global releases from One Direction, BeyoncĂ© and Miley Cyrus all helped, with Sony top guard also noting the continued rise of digital revenues. Record sales in Japan, however, were down a little year-on-year, though that was blamed on a light release schedule compared to late 2012. For the current financial year, which ends on 31 Mar, both revenues and operating profits are also up within Sony’s music division.