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*NEWS*FUJI GROUP PROFITS PLUNGE

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    Fuji Photo Film group profit plunges on restructuring costs, slow film sales
    TOKYO 
    - Fuji Photo Film Co., which has been restructuring its business as
    people abandon film cameras for digital ones, reported a 69.9 per cent
    fall in net profit for the latest quarter on faltering colour film
    sales.The Japanese company said Friday its net income fell 4.81 billion
    yen ($41.5 million US) from 15.96 billion yen it earned the same
    quarter a year ago.Quarterly sales rose 5.1 per cent from the previous
    year to 656.85 billion yen ($5.67 billion) on brisk sales in its
    information solutions business and a weaker yen.Those gains were
    offset, however, by costs related to its ongoing restructuring program,
    which totalled 27.4 billion yen ($236.3 million) for the quarter.The
    company said personnel costs weighed especially heavily on its books.
    Fuji Photo announced plans earlier this year to cut 5,000 jobs by
    September, or nearly seven per cent of its global workforce. The
    company paid over 11 billion yen ($95 million) in termination benefits
    in the latest quarter, it said.The company’s operating profit fell 49.5
    per cent in the latest quarter from the same period last year to 15.74
    billion yen ($135.8 million).Tokyo-based Fuji Photo has been spending
    heavily to restructure its colour film and digital camera
    operations.Fuji Photo still makes colour film, but that business is now
    a fraction of its overall operations, which include printers, copy
    machines, data storage products, digital cameras and flat panel display
    materials.The company’s colour film sales slumped in the latest
    quarter, contributing to a 10.8 per cent decline from the previous year
    to 149.9 billion yen ($1.29 billion) in its imaging products
    business.Fuji Photo’s new higher-end FinePix F30 camera, launched in
    May, saw strong sales, but entry-level models struggled amid intense
    price competition, particularly in North American and European markets,
    the company said.Fuji Photo will continue to scale back its film
    business and concentrate on higher-end cameras to maintain
    profitability, it said, adding it may shift some manufacturing
    operations to China.Meanwhile, sales of flat panel display and data
    storage products surged 19.9 per cent to 233.6 billion yen ($2.01
    billion) on strong global demand.Revenue from copiers also rose 4.3 per
    cent to 273.3 billion yen ($2.35 billion), buoyed by demand in the
    Asia-Pacific region, including China.Overseas revenue for the quarter
    climbed 12.2 per cent to 347 billion yen ($2.99 billion) from the same
    quarter the previous year. Domestic sales dropped 1.9 per cent to 309.8
    billion ($2.67 billion).Fuji Photo shares closed 0.8 per cent higher in
    Tokyo at 3,790 yen ($32.69).