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June 2005 Sir Howard Stringer succeeds Nobuyuki Idei as chief executive

July 28 Sony cuts its operating profit outlook for the year by 81 per cent

August 23 Talks end between Sony and Toshiba to develop a common standard for next-generation DVDs

September 22 Sony shares fall after Sir Howard’s restructuring plan disappoints analysts

October 27 Sony unveils a drop in first-half results, in spite of a windfall one-off pension gain

December 16 Sony withdraws its Cyber-shot digital camera in China after Beijing says it does not meet quality standards

January 5 2006 Toshiba and Sony unveil plans to launch competing advanced DVD models in the US

January 26 Sony reports strong performance over the crucial Christmas period

March 15 Release of PS3 is delayed until November after development problems for Blu-ray DVD technology

March 31 Toshiba begins selling the world’s first next-generation DVD player in Japan, stealing a march on its rival

April 27 Sony boosted by a 68 per cent rise in operating profit for the full year

May 8 Says PS3 will go on sale in Japan on November 11

August 14 Dell recalls the Sony batteries in 4.1m of its notebook computers

August 24 Apple Computer says it will recall 1.1m Sony batteries

September 6 Sony delays European launch of PlayStation 3 to March 2007 from November, and halves number of consoles available to Japan and the US this year to 2m

September 29 Toshiba and Fujitsu say they will replace Sony-made lithium ion batteries used in their notebook PCs

October 11 Sony makes fresh bid to challenge Apple’s iPod with the launch of a new range of Walkmans

October 16 Toshiba says it might sue Sony over the faulty batteries

October 17 Company asks consumers to send back tens of thousands of its own Vaio notebook PCs as part of the battery recall

October 19 Sony downgrades April forecast for full year

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