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Sony job cuts to include a third of electronics unit workers

NEW YORK: Sony Electronics said it will eliminate one-third of its staff this year, or 1,000 employees, as part of the job cuts its parent company Sony Corp announced this month.

The San Diego-based unit, which makes high-definition televisions, will also close 20 US stores, it said yesterday in a statement. Sony Corp, based in Tokyo, announced plans earlier this month to cut 5,000 jobs around the world. Sony shares rose as much as 0.7 percent.

Sony forecast a US$1.1 billion loss this year as demand slows for TVs and personal computers, while competitors such as Apple and Samsung Electronics dominate the still-growing market for smartphones. The company plans to sell its PC business to buyout firm Japan Industrial Partners and is splitting the TV manufacturing unit into a separate operating entity.

“While these moves were extremely tough, they were absolutely necessary to position us in the best possible place for future growth,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics, in the statement today. “I am entirely confident in our ability to turn the business around.”

Sony rose 0.2 percent to 1,767 yen in Tokyo trading, narrowing a 3.2 percent decline this year. The Topix index lost 0.2 percent.