Sony's revenue swells to $18B on mobile gains

The mobile division, which includes smartphones, sees its revenue rise 39 percent to $4.3 billion. Still, the September quarter goes down as a loss.

Sony's fiscal second quarter was a bit of a mixed bag.

The company on Thursday announced that its revenue for the period, which ended September 30, jumped 10.6 percent to $18.1 billion. That wasn't enough, however, to offset its losses, which widened to $197 million, for a loss per share of 19 cents. Despite that, the quarter could be viewed as a slight victory for Sony, which saw the majority of its business divisions grow year over year.

The big winner for Sony was its mobile division, which includes smartphones. The company's revenue in that segment was up 39.3 percent to $4.3 billion. Sony's Home Entertainment division, which includes televisions and Blu-ray players, as well as its gaming division, both saw revenue gains during the period of 11.8 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively.

The only major trouble for Sony during the period was its devices division, which includes recording media and batteries. Revenue in that area was down 16.7 percent year over year to $2.1 billion.

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