In the company’s fiscal first quarter ended June 30, Sony’s music operations showed the wear and tear of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with revenue declining 13.1% to ¥173.735 billion yen ($1.646 billion) from 2019’s first quarter revenue of ¥200.04 billion ($1.84 billion).

While operating profit was also down to ¥34.89 billion ($325.3 million), the decline on a percentage basis wasn’t as much, coming in 8.8% down from the ¥38.3 billion ($348 million) tallied in the year earlier first quarter period. Consequently, the company’s already healthy operating margin showed a slight improvement, consisting of 19.7% of revenue this year, versus 18.9% in 2019’s first quarter, which shows the company kept a tight rein on expenses.

During the quarter, Sony said its best sellers included Harry Styles’ Fine Line, Future’s High Off Life, Doja Cat’s Hot Pink, Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Polo G’s The Goat, Khalid’s Free Spirit, Pwofu’s Death Bed, and a pair of Luke Combs releases, What You See Is What You Get and This One’s For You. From Japan it cited Ju Ju’s Your Story, and Milet’s Eyes, among other releases.

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