Toyota Motor Corp. reported a consolidated net profit of 222.59 billion yen in the April-June quarter, down 9.7 percent from the same period last year.
Its consolidated operating profit dropped 13.2 percent to 340.77 billion yen, while its consolidated pretax profit fell 12.1 percent to 371.28 billion yen.
The company attributed these falls to the yen’s appreciation against the dollar, increased incentive payments to U.S. car dealers and changes to its model lineup.
“Average sales prices of vehicles fell . . . because compact cars are getting more popular around the world,” said Takeshi Suzuki, a managing officer at Toyota.
But Japan’s largest carmaker posted group sales of 4.09 trillion yen in the quarter, up 5.6 percent from the same period in 2002, thanks to hit models such as the Wish minivan in Japan, the Corolla in the U.S., and the midsize Avensis in Europe.
In terms of volume, Toyota’s global sales rose 8.2 percent to 1.59 million vehicles, including vehicles made by Daihatsu Motor Co. and truck maker Hino Motors Ltd.
Domestic sales stood at 543,357 units, up 9.9 percent, while overseas sales came to 1.05 million units, up 7.3 percent.
Sales in Europe jumped 11.7 percent to 234,326 units.
Yet sales in North America dropped 0.5 percent to 508,679 units.
With a few plants in Canada and the U.S. having been forced to halt operations in order to change their assembly lines and start producing new models, shipments of some models decreased, company officials said.
Beginning in the first quarter, Toyota applied generally accepted U.S. accounting principles to consolidated earnings reports.
Toyota revised upward its unconsolidated earnings projections for the April-September period the same day, thanks to brisk overseas sales and the yen’s depreciation against the dollar, company officials said.
The carmaker now expects to post a net profit of 280 billion yen, up 33.3 percent from its May projection, a pretax profit of 430 billion yen, up 30.3 percent, and sales of 4.2 trillion yen, up 2.4 percent.
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