Daihatsu Motor Co. on Wednesday reported record-high sales of 396.92 billion yen and record-high pretax profits of 9.03 billion yen for the first half of the 1997 business year.

Daihatsu sales rose 12.1 percent in the April-September period from the same period last year, while its pretax profits posted a sharp increase of 74.3 percent. The automaker cited increased exports to the United States and Europe.

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