Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic)(NYSE:PC)(TOKYO:6752) today reported its consolidated financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2012, of the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 (fiscal 2013). Consolidated Third-quarter Results Consolidated group sales for the third quarter decreased by 8% to 1,801.5 billion yen, compared with 1,960.2 billion yen for the third quarter of the year ended March 31, 2012 (fiscal 2012). Of the consolidated group total, domestic sales amounted to 917.2 billion yen, down by 12% from 1,043.8 billion yen and overseas sales decreased to 884.3 billion yen, down by 3% from 916.4 billion yen. During the third quarter under review, despite signs of economic improvement in the U.S. and China, the global economy stayed in a moderate recovery under uncertainty due to the financial issues in Europe and the U.S. The electronics industry continued to be under severe condition with weak demand in digital products and devices. However, there were signs of improvement in business environment for Japanese companies such as weakening Japanese yen foreign exchange rates against the dollar and the Euro from extreme yen appreciation, and the recovering stock market in Japan. Operating profit 1 improved to 34.6 billion yen from a loss of 8.1 billion yen a year ago. In the meantime, pre-tax income was 9.3 billion yen compared with a loss of 191.2 billion yen, and net income attributable to Panasonic Corporation amounted to 61.4 billion yen compared with a loss of 197.6 billion yen a year ago. 1 For information about operating profit (loss), see Note 2 of the Notes to consolidated financial statements. Consolidated Nine-month Results Consolidated group sales for nine months ended December 31, 2012 decreased by 9% to 5,439.7 billion yen, compared with 5,965.4 billion yen in the same period of fiscal 2012. Despite stable sales in car-related products thanks to the market recovery, this sales decrease was due mainly to weak demand for flat-panel TVs and BD recorders in Japan. The company also put emphasis on profitability rather than on sales volume. Domestic sales amounted to 2,795.4 billion yen, down by 9% from 3,080.2 billion yen a year ago, while overseas sales decreased by 8% to 2,644.3 billion yen, down from 2,885.2 billion yen a year ago.