TOKYO -- In its role as a Japanese technology conglomerate, Sony thrived on the earnings front during the first quarter. But when it comes to the big screens, Sony's alter ego as a movie company has seen better days.
Sony achieved a group net profit of 226.4 billion yen ($2.04 billion) for the three months ended in June, the company reported Tuesday. The bottom line soared 180% from a year earlier as sales climbed 5% to 1.95 trillion yen. Operating profit jumped 24% to a first-quarter record of 195 billion yen.