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In giant 'garage sale', Japan's TV giants hawk $3.67 billion of assets

Published on Dec 10, 2012 2:37 PM
A man looking at Panasonic Viera televisions at an electronics store in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Panasonic Corp, Japan's struggling maker of Viera brand TVs, owns more than 10 million sq m of office and factory space, dormitories for its workers and sports facilities for its rugby, baseball and women's athletics teams.

As it battles for Christmas shoppers' wallets in the year-end holiday season, the sprawling electronics conglomerate is also seeking buyers for some of those properties to trim its fixed costs and improve cashflow at a time of intense competition, particularly from South Korean rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co.

Japan's other troubled TV makers, Sony Corp and Sharp Corp, are also selling buildings and businesses in a giant 'garage sale' that could raise a combined US$3 billion (S$3.67 billion)

Panasonic plans to raise US$1.34 billion from offloading property and shares in other Japanese companies by end-March, the group's chief financial officer Hideaki Kawai told Reuters.

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