Sky Perfect Communications Inc. said Tuesday its group net loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2002 grew more than sixfold from the year before to 19.36 billion yen due to huge costs related to its broadcasting of the World Cup soccer finals.

The operator of the Sky PerfecTV satellite digital broadcasting service said it wrote off most of the 17 billion yen in costs related to the May 31-June 30 event in the April-June quarter.

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