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Panasonic Corp. said Thursday that first-half net profit more than halved from a year earlier as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on its businesses at home and overseas.

The consumer electronics giant said its bottom-line profit dropped to ¥48.9 billion for the six months to September from ¥100.9 billion in the same period last year.

Sales sank 20.4% to ¥3.1 trillion.

“Domestic sales decreased due to the impact of the spread of Covid-19… despite increased sales in products such as air purifiers,” the company said in a statement.

Overseas sales were also battered by the virus crisis while demand for power-storage systems and industrial motors remained brisk, it added.

However the firm recovered from the first quarter, when it fell into the red and logged ¥9.8 billion in net loss.

Panasonic left its full-year forecast unchanged, projecting a net profit of ¥100 billion for the fiscal year to March 2021, a drop of 55.7% from the previous year.

Full-year sales are still expected to fall 13.2% percent to ¥6.5 trillion.

“It continues to be difficult to forecast the economic outlook surrounding the management environment in fiscal 2021,” it said.

Rival Sony Corp. on Wednesday said net profit doubled in the April-September period and revised up its full-year forecast, citing growth in key sectors including gaming.

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