As markets close on the U.S. East Coast, Microsoft has released its fiscal fourth quarter results [link
], which showed steady sales in its Entertainment & Devices Division, which includes Xbox.
In the earnings statement, Microsoft reported that it shipped 1 million Xbox 360 consoles in the fiscal fourth quarter ending in June, a decrease of only 100,000 from the same quarter a year ago. The sales remained steady as its successor, Xbox One (announced in late May), appeared the horizon.
Revenue from transactions and subscriptions through Xbox Live grew just shy of 20 percent, while Microsoft's overall Entertainment and Devices Division grew 8 percent for the quarter ($1.9 billion in sales over $1.8 billion in the same period last year).
Operating losses for the quarter narrowed to $110 million, an improvement from losses of $252 million for the same quarter a year prior, thanks to increased revenue in the division.
For the full year ended in June, the Xbox division saw revenues of $10.2 billion, up from $9.6 billion year on year. Annual operating income was up to $848 million from $380 million.
In terms of overall business, Microsoft corporation announced a quarterly revenue of $19.9 billion, up from $18 billion in the same period last year. For the full year (June 2012-June 2013) revenues reached $77.8 billion (up from $73.7 billion), for an annual profit of $21.9 billion (up from $17 billion).
Despite the solid showing, stock prices dropped in after-hours trading
, down to 33.35 per share at time of writing.