Toyota Motor Corp. managed to post pretax profits of 324.56 billion yen in the April-September period, up 25.6 percent from the same period last year, as brisk exports made up for lackluster sales in the domestic market, the nation’s largest automaker said Thursday.

The firm’s operating profits rose 38.8 percent to 285.28 billion yen, according to Toyota. The automaker’s domestic sales dropped 5.1 percent while exports rose 16.1 percent in the first half of its business year.

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