Japan quake results in tough quarter for Sony Ericsson

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Sony Ericsson had a rough time in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disasters this year. Revealling their sales figures for the past 3 months, it’s been a somewhat disappointing quarter for Sony’s mobile arm.

The company only managed to shift 7.6 million handsets between April and June, though they had expected to move somewhere inbetween 8 and 11 million. Supply shortages caused by the infrastructural damage of the disasters has been the key factor, according to Sony analysts.

It’s a shame, as Sony Ericsson made a strong Android push at the beginning of the year with the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play, even if the later of the two proved a little underwhelming upon release.

Sony Ericsson chief executive Bert Nordberg remains hopeful however, saying that “there might be some minor spillover. In our planning this [shortage] is behind us.”

Via: Reuters

Gerald Lynch

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