According to Japanese news service Nikkei, Sony could be in talks to sell off its PC business to investment fund, Japan Industrial Partners.
Under the plan, the fund will establish a new company to which Sony will sell its entire PC business. The sale price is estimated at 40 billion yen to 50 billion yen (S$500 million to S$625 million).
The new company would continue to sell PCs under the Vaio brand and will also handle after-sales service. To facilitate the transfer, Sony will take only a small stake in the firm. Nikkei also reports that "While the company may maintain operations in overseas markets where the Vaio brand is well-known, it will withdraw from most countries and regions."
Sony's PC business has declined in recent years, with units shipped falling to 5.8 million last year, down from a peak of 8.7 million. The sale would allow Sony to concentrate on its console gaming, and smartphone and tablet business, which has been much more successful in recent years.