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Japan: Isuzu’s first-half profits fall

By AWKnowledge staff writer (MVR). 2005-11-18 AWKnowledge

Isuzu's net profits fell 27.4% to ¥26.02bn (US$220m) in the six months ended 30 September, pulled down by increasing research expenditure.

Operating profit for the first half of fiscal 2005 dropped 12.9% to ¥37.87bn (US$320m), with profits before tax down 15.9% to ¥40.62bn (US$340m).

However, sales for the period inched up 0.3% to ¥737.33bn (US$6.21bn). The company mainly deals with truck and diesel engine manufacturing.

Isuzu is working on doubling its full-year dividend for the business year to next 31 March from ¥1.5 (US$0.01) in the previous fiscal. The company is also likely to pay an interim dividend, as it did last year.

The number of vehicles sold during the period totalled 46,236 units, up 8.1% in the wake of stricter government regulations on emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulates, reports Japanese Times. The company is expecting a full year profits of around ¥55bn (US$460m) and sales of ¥1,580bn (US$13.31bn).

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