Sony to shutter 20 retail stores in the U.S.

Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:14am EST

A logo of Sony Corp is seen on the floor of an electronics retail store in Tokyo February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

A logo of Sony Corp is seen on the floor of an electronics retail store in Tokyo February 5, 2014.

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(Reuters) - Sony Corp's electronic unit said on Wednesday it is closing 20 retail stores in the United States and cutting 1,000 jobs, as the TV and game console maker tries to stem losses and regain market share.

Sony has a total of 31 retail stores in the U.S.

The job cuts are part of a previously announced reduction of 5,000 positions globally, or just over 3 percent of its staff, and fall under a much larger reorganization that includes spinning off Sony's TV operations and putting its personal computer division on the block.

"While these moves were extremely tough, they were absolutely necessary to position us in the best possible place for future growth," Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics, said in a statement.

Known for its Bravia TV and Playstation game system, the Japanese company is struggling to compete against Apple and Samsung Electronics that dominate the smartphone, computer and gadget market.

(Reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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sabrefencer wrote:
sony seems to be taking the right steps here..finally

Feb 26, 2014 10:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:
Another “end of an era”, and an example of “the bigger they are….”.
I, for one, am sad to see them retreating from the fray; good luck…

Feb 26, 2014 12:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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