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Toyota annual net profit drops by a quarter

AFP  |  Tokyo 

Japanese said Wednesday its annual net profit fell by a quarter despite record sales, blaming investment losses, but it forecast an upturn in the year ahead.

The maker of the sedan and said net profit came in at 1.88 trillion yen ($17 billion) in the year to March 31, down 24.5 per cent from the year before, which was its best-ever result.

The firm forecast net profit to rise 19.5 percent in the coming year to 2.25 trillion yen.

Toyota's bottom line for the past year was pushed down by some 294 billion yen in book losses on its investment portfolio.

Sales rose 2.9 per cent to a record 30.23 trillion yen in the last year, leaving an operating profit of 2.47 trillion yen, which was up 2.8 perc ent on-year.

For the current year to March 2020, expects operating profit will increase 3.3 percent to 2.55 trillion yen with sales forecast to sag 0.7 percent to 30 trillion yen.

Satoru Takada, an at TIW, a Tokyo-based research and consulting firm, said "has cruised steadily, compared with its rivals."

"The firm largely showed a reasonable performance around the world at a time when the global market is slowing down," he said.

But Takada was not so optimistic about the outlook of the auto industry.

Japanese carmakers have enjoyed a heyday in recent years with the North American market steadily recovering from the financial crisis of the late 2000s and growing into a mammoth market, he noted.

"But the outlook for the two biggest markets is now murky, while material costs are rising," he said.

"Also, they can't expect the one-time impact of US tax cuts, which temporarily boosted their profit before. Tough factors outnumbered positive ones," he told AFP.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 08 2019. 11:05 IST