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Toshiba profit up on chip business sale

TOKYO: Japanese engineering firm Toshiba reported improved full-year net profit thanks to the sale of its chip business, but said operating profit was sharply down.

In the year that ended March, Toshiba’s net profit jumped 26.0 percent to 1.01 trillion yen ($9 billion), chiefly because of “profit from completion of the sale of the Memory business,” it said in a statement.

Toshiba “achieved a healthier financial condition by closing the sale of the Memory business, advancing structural reforms that included finalising the sale of the PC business and decided to withdraw from a nuclear power construction project in the UK,” the company said.

But the firm said its operating profit dropped 58.9 percent to 35.4 billion yen, partly due to restructuring costs, on sales of 3.69 trillion yen, down 6.4 percent.

For the current year to March 2020, it forecast a jump of 295 percent in operating profit to 140 billion yen, after the completion of restructuring and other projects, on sales of 3.4 trillion yen.

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