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Strong sales of the PlayStation 4 console have helped return Sony to profit in the financial year to the end of March.

The Japanese tech giant, which has jumped in an out of profit in recent years, posted a profit of 147.8 billion yen (£934m), compared with a loss of 126bn yen in the year ending March 2015.

With smartphone sales falling by a considerable 20%, Sony was boosted by an 11.8% rise in sales in its gaming division.

Television series like Breaking Bad and its spin-off show Better Call Saul contributed to a 6.8% rise in annual sales in the Sony Pictures division.

The company did not publish a forecast for future earnings because of the earthquakes that struck south west Japan earlier this month. The earthquakes hit Kumamoto, a key area of manufacturing for many Japanese companies, including Sony. Sony said it was still assessing the impact on its supply chain.

In a statement, Sony said: "With aftershocks continuing and employee safety the foremost priority, inspections of the facility and the development of a recovery plan remain ongoing."