Panasonic says 2012/13 restructuring costs may exceed plan

TOKYO, July 9 Mon Jul 9, 2012 6:07am EDT

TOKYO, July 9 (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp's restructuring costs for the financial year that began in April may exceed its planned 41 billion yen ($515.5 million), its new president said on Monday.

Kazuhiro Tsuga, approved by shareholders as Panasonic president on June 27, told a media briefing in Tokyo that the company would prepare a new business plan by this autumn and a detailed plan on 90 business units by February, acknowledging that the company has many business units undermining its profitability.

Tsuga, 55, took over the sprawling consumer electronics giant after it posted a record annual net loss, including costs to restructure its business to stem the flow of red ink from its TV unit.

Tsuga's task at the maker of Viera sets will be to boost revenue at other divisions, including appliances and batteries, to make up for shrinking consumer electronic revenues and create profit centres for a post-TV future.

That retooling, including shifting more production overseas, may involve painful job cuts in a bloated workforce of 330,000.

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