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Japanese automaker Nissan’s income zoom on robust gross sales, favorable trade charges

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TOKYO — Nissan’s revenue zoomed up greater than 10-fold in July-September from a yr earlier, boosted by a weak Japanese yen and robust automobile gross sales around the globe.

The Japanese automaker, allied with Renault SA of France, reported a 190.7 billion yen ($1.3 billion) revenue within the final quarter, up from 17.4 billion yen the yr earlier than. Quarterly gross sales surged 25% to three.15 trillion yen ($20.9 billion), the corporate mentioned Thursday.

Nissan Motor Co., which makes the Leaf electrical automobile, Infiniti luxurious fashions and Rogue sport-utility automobile, acquired a stable enhance from the weak yen, as did its Japanese rivals Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.

The weak yen typically helps the outcomes of Japanese exporters by elevating the worth of their abroad earnings when they’re transformed into yen. The U.S. greenback has been buying and selling at about 150 yen recently, up from 130 yen and 140 yen ranges final yr.

The one regional market the place Nissan’s gross sales struggled was China, the place demand for electrical automobiles is robust. Japanese automakers have fallen behind in providing battery electrical automobiles, or BEVs.

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Nissan, primarily based within the port metropolis of Yokohama, raised its revenue forecast for the complete fiscal yr by March 2024 to 390 billion yen ($2.6 billion). That is up from an earlier projection of 340 billion yen ($2.3 billion). It earned practically 222 billion yen within the earlier fiscal yr.

Its chief government, Makoto Uchida, mentioned the corporate was enjoying catchup, particularly in China, with robust BEV choices deliberate for the second half of 2024.

“This places us on monitor towards delivering our targets and reaching sustainable development,” he mentioned.

For the primary half, though Nissan’s automobile gross sales in China plunged 34% from a yr earlier, they grew practically 11% in Japan, 40% in North America and 19% in Europe.

Nissan stored its gross sales forecast for the yr by March 2024 unchanged at 3.7 million automobiles, up from 3.3 million automobiles offered within the earlier fiscal yr.

The Japanese-French Nissan-Renault alliance has had its ups and downs. Carlos Ghosn, despatched in by Renault to steer a turnaround at Nissan, was a star government till his arrest in Japan in late 2018 on numerous monetary misconduct expenses.

The alliance, which additionally contains smaller Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motor Corp., has been keen to place the Ghosn scandal behind it. Ghosn, who now lives in Lebanon after leaping bail in late 2019, says he’s harmless. Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan.


Yuri Kageyama is on X, previously Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageya

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