Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday its group operating profit for the first nine months of the year through March 31 rose 3.1 percent from a year before to a record 631.16 billion yen, chiefly due to brisk demand in Japan, North America and Europe.

Group sales in the reporting period climbed 11.4 percent to 6.79 trillion yen, the automaker said. In terms of volume, sales leaped 10.0 percent to 2,653,648 vehicles.

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