“Olympus, which earns about 65 percent of its sales abroad, surged 9.2 percent to 2,900 yen, its highest in a year and the largest gain on the Nikkei 225. The company may report April- September operating profit of 28 billion yen ($306 million), 47 percent more than its forecast, Nikkei English News said.”
MISTRAL75 added following interesting information:
“Olympus’s financial results for the second 2009-2010 quarter (June-September) have been published since (on 6th November):
Group half year operating income actually amounted to 28.5 billion yen, down 11.2 percent from 2008-09, and quarterly operating income to 17.2 million yen, up 17.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year. These results are indeed better than the analysts’ expectations.
As for the “Imaging” business unit (= cameras and lenses), sales were down 42.9 percent for the first quarter (April-June) and down 31.6 percent for the second quarter (July-September), each time compared to the same quarter one year before. Operating income tumbled 96.2 percent for the first quarter and “only” 31.6 percent for the second quarter.
So the group as a whole is in a much better condition than the camera business.”
Panasonic financial results are available here: http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/en091030-5/en091030-5.html