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Sony Cooperating With U.S. Antitrust Probe of Battery Business

Sony Corp. said it is cooperating with a probe by the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division as part of a wider investigation into competition in the rechargeable battery business.

The Tokyo-based company’s U.S. subsidiary, Sony Electronics, received the request for information on May 3, Keita Sanekata said in an e-mailed statement. Sanekata declined to comment further on the scope of the investigation disclosed in an annual report filed today.