|Numbers of units shipped (million)
|Sales (EURO m.)
|Income before taxes
|Net income (EURO m.)
|** Q2 & Q3 2004 IBT includes consolidation of BMC and Net Income includes deduction of minority interest in BMC2
In July 2004, NTT DoCoMo. Inc. started the i-mode FeliCa
Service in Japan, which enables mobile phones to function as
a mobile wallet for electronic payment or as an electronic
membership card using the "FeliCa" contactless
IC chips embedded in the phone. FeliCa is a contactless IC
chip technology developed by Sony Corporation and the registered
trademark of Sony Corporation. i-mode and mova are registered
trademarks of NTT DoCoMo. Inc. in Japan.
On June 30 2004, Sony Ericsson announced it had increased
its equity stake in a Chinese factory, Beijing Ericsson Putian
Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. (BMC) to 51%, taking over majority
ownership of the facility from Ericsson. BMC operations have
been fully consolidated into Sony Ericsson in the second and
third quarter which had a positive effect on the company results.
The name of the factory has been changed to Beijing SE Putian
Mobile Communications Co. Ltd (BMC).
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications serves the global communications market with innovative and feature-rich mobile phones, accessories, PC-cards and M2M solutions. Established as a joint venture by Ericsson and Sony in 2001, with headquarters in London, the company employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide, including R&D sites in Europe, Japan, China and America.
For more information, please visit: www.sonymobile.co.jp
Ericsson Investor Relations
Gary Pinkham, Vice President (Sweden) +46 8 719 0000
Sony Investor Relations
Yukio Ozawa, Vice President (Tokyo) +81 3 5448 2180
Chris Hohman, Senior Manager (London) +44 20 7444 9711
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We have identified certain important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. For a detailed description of risk factors see Sony's and Ericsson's filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly each company's latest published Annual Report on Form 20-F.