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Sony Returns Profit in Second Quarter as Revival Takes Hold

Sony Corp. returned to profitability in the fiscal second quarter after its “Hotel Transylvania 2” film set a box-office weekend record and President Kazuo Hirai’s focus on video games and image sensors bore fruit.

Net income was 33.6 billion yen ($278 million) in the three months ended Sept. 30, Sony said Thursday. That surpassed the 31.4 billion yen average of four estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Sony’s fourth straight profit beat shows Hirai’s progress in reviving a company that has cut thousands of jobs to pivot away from phones and TVs. Sony, which posted losses in six of the past...