Sony, once a leader in the field of electronics, has announced its first profit in five years - but its not necessarily good news for the Japanese firm just yet.

The £280 million fourth quarter profit is largely down to a sell off of assets such as its New York headquarters and shares in various firms.

A weakening of the yen in an effort to kick-start the Japanese economy is also partly responsible as earnings made abroad become more valuable when brought back home.

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Sony have struggled in recent years

Sony will hope to build on the news in order to start returning a profit on sales of its electronic goods.

The company's flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, is the latest offering in a market currently dominated by Apple and Samsung.

Sony's £280 million profit is dwarfed by the £6.27 billion posted by Apple - and that included their first slide in ten years.

Sony has struggled in recent years to gain a significant foothold in the smartphone market, and posted a full-year loss of more than $5.7bn in May 2012.

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