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Its game unit also suffered as the drop in hardware and software sales of the PlayStation 3 home console was not offset by the sales of the new PS Vita hand-held machine.

Sony’s troubles were exacerbated last year by factory and supplier damage in northeastern Japan from the March earthquake and tsunami.

Sony is aiming for a comeback under Kazuo Hirai, appointed president in April, who headed the company’s game division and built his career in the U.S.

For the latest quarter, Sony Pictures Entertainment got a perk from the strong performance of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” offset by the less successful “Total Recall.” In music, strong-sellers included P!nk’s “The Truth about Love” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad _ 25th Anniversary,” it said.

As part of its turnaround efforts, Sony recently sold its chemical products business. It also acquired U.S.-based Gaikai Inc. to set up a new cloud service, which delivers massive virtual storage, to expand interactive entertainment offerings. Sony also plans to start selling a super TV next month called “4K” that has an 84-inch display delivering superior image quality.

Sony says it’s hoping to take advantage of its digital imaging and sensor technology for security and medical markets. But analysts say it’s unclear when the payoff for such forays will materialize.

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