In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 photo, a shopper speaks with a salesclerk in front of Panasonic flat-panel TVs at an electronics store in Tokyo. Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Cor

 

              In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 photo, a shopper speaks with a salesclerk in front of Panasonic flat-panel TVs at an electronics store in Tokyo. Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Cor
In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 photo, a shopper speaks with a salesclerk in front of Panasonic flat-panel TVs at an electronics store in Tokyo. Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp. returned to the black last quarter as cost cuts and a weaker yen offset sliding sales. Panasonic is among the Japanese electronics makers battered by price plunges in gadgets and hot competition from more successful rivals such as U.S. manufacturer Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea. Osaka-based Panasonic reported a 61.4 billion yen ($667 million) profit for the October-December period Friday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)