Nissan profits skid on Yen rally

Nissan profits skid on Yen rally

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TOKYO: Nissan on Wednesday blamed a surge in the yen and struggles in its home market for the first decline in April-June net profit in four years.

The Japanese automaker said net profit in the quarter was down nearly 11 percent to 136.4 billion ($1.3 billion), while operating profit and revenue also slid from a year ago.

A stronger yen has put pressure on Japan Inc’s bottom line as it makes the country’s exporters less competitive overseas and shrinks the value of repatriated profits.

The currency rallied about 18 percent on the US dollar in the year through June.

Nissan — which had been reporting bumper profits owing to upbeat sales in North America and China — was also hit by falling sales of minicars in Japan, produced by scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors.

Mitsubishi, which reported a 129.7 billion yen quarterly loss on Wednesday, has been hammered by admissions it falsified mileage tests for years, manipulating data to make cars seem more efficient than they were.

Mini-cars, or kei-cars, are small vehicles with 660cc gasoline engines that are hugely popular in the Japanese market, although they have found little success abroad.

Nissan left its fiscal year forecasts unchanged. It expects net profit to inch up to 525 billion yen in the year through March 2017, while operating profit is set to fall 10.5 percent.

Sales are on course to fall about three percent to 11.8 trillion yen.

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