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| Matsushita Revises FY98 Business Outlook Downward
March 2, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. announced
that it has adjusted downward its earnings estimate for fiscal 1998,
through March 31, 1999.
|At the same time, the Osaka-based company announced its consolidated
accounts for the third quarter of fiscal 1998 (October-December 1998).
The earlier projection for fiscal 1998, which was made public in October
1998, called for a pretax profit of 180 billion yen (US$1.48 billion),
or down 49 percent from the previous year.
The electronics company has further cut its earnings estimate to 167
billion yen (US$1.37 billion), or a decline of 51 percent compared to
the previous fiscal year.
In October 1998, Matsushita Electric projected that its consolidated
sales for fiscal 1998 would register 7.85 trillion yen, or US$64.55
billion, down 1 percent compared to the previous year. That figure has
been revised downward to 7.5 trillion yen, or US$61.67 billion, for
a 5 percent decline compared to the previous year.
However, its projected net profit for the current fiscal year has been
adjusted upward from 48 billion yen, or US$395 million (down 49 percent
compared to the previous year) to 54 billion yen, or US$444 million
(down 42 percent).
A Matsushita official said that while sales in Japan are in line with
the October 1998 forecast, overseas sales are expected to be significantly
lower as a result of the poor business climates in Russia and South
America. Lower sales in those regions are affecting the company's business
outlook, leading to the downward adjustments, the company said.
As for its non-consolidated performance, the company expects sales of
4,570 billion yen (US$37.58 billion), a 6 percent year-on-year decline,
and ordinary profit of 120 billion yen (US$986.7 million), a decline
of 23 percent.
(BizTech News Dept.)
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