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Sony's other pledge to investors

Achieving 10% return on equity appears within reach

Sales remain strong for the PlayStation 4 game console.

TOKYO -- As brisk sales of the PlayStation 4 and smartphone image sensors set the stage for Sony's full comeback this fiscal year, investors are also watching another key indicator of a corporate recovery.

The Japanese giant targets a group operating profit of more than 500 billion yen ($4.48 billion) under a medium-term plan through fiscal 2017. With business improving, the market expects the company to project this near-record figure for fiscal 2017 when announcing earnings for the year ended March 31. Sony shares marked a year-to-date high in trading Thursday amid the prerelease buzz.

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