Earlier this week, BBC News reported that Sony Ericsson would be delaying the release of its Xperia smart phone due to supply chain disruptions caused by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The above-linked article points out that with “competition from the iPhone and Blackberry, the delay might be costly for the company.”
Has the full impact of the Japan supply chain disruption been calculated?
It doesn’t appear so, or it is at least being kept a secret by Sony Ericsson. Even though its quarterly earnings release listed “some supply chain disruption due to the Japan earthquake” as one of the top bullet points, Sony Ericsson did not divulge specifics. Their CEO was simply quoted as saying “the Japan earthquake made it a challenging quarter operationally and we are experiencing some disruptions to our supply chain. We will continue to evaluate the situation.”
Both sales and profits were down over the same period last year.
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