Sony firings: “Restructuring nearly complete”

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Sony is to close its optical disc drive division (which manufacturers drives used in CD, DVD and computer drives), and lay off the division’s 400 remaining staff.  The unit had a 10-15 per cent market share, but it was unprofitable.

The closure follows on from other dramatic changes, including shutting its cellular phone unit in Sweden, and a games development company in the UK. The aim is to trim about 10,000 jobs globally by March next year as it attempts to stem losses that last year cost it $5.8 billion.


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