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Hoya Corp. said Monday its group net profit for the fiscal half to Sept. 30 was 18.92 billion yen, up 27.5 percent from a year earlier mainly due to brisk demand in the electro-optics sector.

The producer of optical glass and eyeglasses said group sales grew 7.1 percent to 131.7 billion yen because orders for high-value-added products increased amid growing demand in the semiconductor market.

Increased sales of such products as digital cameras and personal computers also helped boost sales, the company said.

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