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Sharp predicts increased losses

Sales 15% lower than expected

Electronics company Sharp has revealed it expects to lose over $1bn in its fiscal year ending March 31.

It has revised down its earnings outlook for its current fiscal year, and now expects sales to be 15 percent lower than originally anticipated.

The company predicted a $1.1bn net loss for the financial year to the end of March on sales of $31bn. In October it said it expected to make a $656m profit on sales of$37bn.

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Sharp blamed the global recession for the downward revision but the results will also be hit by charges stemming from a re-organisation of its LCD plants, losses on investments and a price-fixing fine levied on the company by Japan's Fair Trade Commission.

In response to the predicted losses Sharp said it will reduce the pay and bonuses of board members and executives by between 30 percent and 50 percent.

See also: Sony and Sharp LCD venture delayed


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