Suzuki Motor Corp. said Monday its group net profit for business 2008 tumbled 65.8 percent to ¥27.4 billion due to the downturn in the global auto market and the yen’s rise against other currencies.

Group operating profit for the business year that ended March 31 dropped 48.5 percent to ¥76.9 billion on sales of ¥3 trillion, down 14.2 percent, it said.

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