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Huawei's fall hits growth of Sony's chip business

US-China trade war radically changes smartphone market structure

Huawei has been an important partner in the growth of Sony's semiconductor business. (Source photos by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Growth of Sony Group's semiconductor business has slowed, reflecting a plunge in shipments of image sensors for smartphones to Huawei Technologies as a result of the U.S.-China trade war.

Although Sony has avoided a fall in the volume of shipments thanks to orders from other Chinese smartphone makers, the recovery of earnings appears likely to be delayed until fiscal 2022 through March 2023 because of weakened demand for sensors for high-end smartphones.

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