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Sony announces huge round of layoffs as it breaks off TV business, dumps PCs

Zach Epstein
February 6th, 2014 at 7:25 AM
Sony Layoffs 2014

The good news it that the rumors were true: Sony announced on Thursday that it has managed to offload its floundering PC business and the Vaio brand to Japan Industrial Partners, and the deal will close by the end of March. The awful news, however, is that word of the deal comes alongside the announcement that Sony plans to lay off 5,000 workers by March 2015, which marks the end of the company’s fiscal year.

Sony also said on Thursday that it will spin off its TV business into a separate subsidiary by July of this year, and the aforementioned layoffs will span across both the TV division and the company’s PC business. The company will retain a 5% in the PC business following the sale to JIP.

Sony’s mobile arm saw sales increase during the holiday quarter but the company now forecasts a massive full-year loss of about $1.1 billion.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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