Auto output up 4.7% in first half

Auto production in Japan in the April-September period rose 4.7 percent over the same period the previous year to 4,990,820 units, growing in a first half for the first time in two years, an industry association said Monday.

The output in the fiscal first half improved due to the recovery in exports to the United States and Europe, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said.

Overall auto exports in the six-month period are estimated to have risen 15 percent from the year before, the association said.

Domestic demand in the period fell 1 percent from the year before to 2,780,489.

The association said passenger car output rose for the first time in two years in the fiscal first half, growing 5.9 percent to 4,169,038.

Output of trucks fell 1.3 percent to 789,271, down for the eighth straight year in the April-September period.

Bus output rose 8.3 percent to 32,511 for the third year-on-year rise in the fiscal first half.

In September, overall auto production grew 10.8 percent to 917,323, up for the third month in a row.