Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday its group pretax profit in the April-June quarter was 449.94 billion yen, up 51.2 percent from a year earlier due to strong sales in North America.

Group net profit for the first quarter of the 2002 business year surged 117.1 percent to 352.37 billion yen on sales of 4.02 trillion yen, up 20.1 percent, Toyota said. Consolidated operating profit climbed 35.4 percent to 394.52 billion yen.

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