Toyota, Nissan, Fuji Makers set record

TOKYO — Japanese automakers doing well in North America booked record net profits in the April-June quarter while others reliant on markets elsewhere saw profit declines, their earnings releases show. All seven major automakers announced quarterly results by Tuesday. Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor and Fuji Heavy Industries — the company behind the Subaru brand — […]

Yen’s decline boosts shares but worries exporters

TOKYO — The yen has resumed its downward trajectory against the dollar, and some Japanese exporters, which would normally welcome such movement in their home currency, are now beginning to worry that it will hurt them instead via higher costs of imported materials. The yen declined by more than 1 to the dollar at one […]

Komatsu Profit Rises on Construction Equipment Sales

Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second-biggest maker of construction equipment, said third-quarter profit rose 5.5 percent, aided by sales in North America and a weaker yen. Net income rose to 38.5 billion yen ($326 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31 from 36.5 billion yen a year earlier, the Tokyo-based company said today in a […]

US auto sales hit 9-year high in May

DETROIT (AP) — Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and five sunny weekends — pushed U.S. auto sales to a nine-year high in May. Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase. […]

Thai Auto Sales Plunged in April

BANGKOK—Auto sales and production in Thailand tumbled again last month amid the nation’s political turmoil. April production totaled 126,730 vehicles, down 25.6% from a year earlier, said the Federation of Thai Industries’ Automotive Industry Club—and a slight easing from March’s 29% contraction. Sales were off 33% over the year-earlier level to 73,242 vehicles. For the […]

Nissan profits beat estimates as weaker yen helps sales

Nissan has reported better-than-expected profits, helped by the weakening yen and by a recovery in sales in China. Japan’s second-biggest carmaker said profit rose 57% to 84.3bn yen ($825m; £503m) for the last months of 2013, beating analysts’ estimates. It also sold a record 5.1 million vehicles globally last year. The positive results come three […]

Strong truck demand in March drove U.S. auto sales to their highest monthly total.

DETROIT (AP) — America is getting back to work, and it needs pickup trucks. Strong truck demand in March drove U.S. auto sales to their highest monthly total since August 2007, as everyone from oil and gas producers to local home builders raced to replace the aging trucks they held onto during the recession. Overall […]