Nintendo's quarterly profit slips on lower sales

TOKYO - Nintendo Co. reported a 36 per cent drop in quarterly profit after lacklustre video game sales for the year-end holiday shopping season.

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The Japanese manufacturer of Super Mario games and the Wii U game machine reported a 29.1 billion yen ($241 million) profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, down from 45.2 billion yen the same period the previous year.

The Kyoto-based company, which suffered a blow when its charismatic president Satoru Iwata died in July last year, kept its annual forecasts unchanged at a 35 billion yen ($290 million) profit on 570 billion yen ($4.7 billion) sales for the fiscal year through March.

Quarterly sales slipped 18 per cent to 221.5 billion yen ($1.8 billion).



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