Deathwatch: Sharp

sharp Remember in the olden-days, when Sharp was a big player in the world. They were big enough to sponsor Manchester United, but now, they're a loss-making mess.

To further that point, the Japanese firm is going to cut 5,000 jobs, which is 10% of their entire workforce. They've also accepted a £1.1bn bailout in a bid to try and turnaround their fortunes, but it isn't looking good.

Like never before, the competition in the electronics industry is furious high. While Sharp still make televisions, microwaves and printers, it does look like a company that has been left behind in the fast-paced, cut throat world of consumer electronics.

The business reported a deeper-than-anticipated loss for its last financial year ending 31 March of £1.2bn, which is Sharp's third figure in the red in four years. In America, they've seen their sales falling by 26% on the previous year. Total revenues are down 5%.

These bailouts will be in the form of debt for equity swaps from Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and along with the voluntary redundancy programme and job-losses, the company seem to be in a last-ditch attempt to save themselves from vanishing entirely.

Sharp have staff in the UK, but at the time of writing, there was no word on job losses.


  • brookstreetboyo
    Sharp on Deathwatch? A prediction as searingly accurate as the several Deathwatch notices given by this organ on Panasonic, Thorntons, Beats, Morrisons...
  • Noghar
    Bought a Sharp TV for the MIL - it died in 18 months. Bought myself a Sharp microwave, it died in 2 days. Don't buy Sharp any more. To be blunt.

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