Toyota first-half net profit up 2.6% on sales, cost cuts

File: Toyota on Friday posted a record first-quarter net profit.

File: Toyota has increased its profits by 2.6 percent from a year earlier. 


TOKYO - Japanese car giant Toyota said on Thursday its first-half net profit edged up 2.6 percent from a year earlier, thanks to solid sales and cost-cutting efforts.

The maker of the Camry sedan and Prius hybrid reported net profit of 1.27 trillion yen in the April-September period.

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The company kept its full-year net profit forecast at 2.15 trillion yen and operating profit at 2.4 trillion yen on sales of 29.5 trillion yen, though it made a minor change to its forecast for pretax profit.

Factors including cost reductions and marketing helped outweigh negative impacts from foreign currency exchange rates, contributing to a 11.3 percent rise in operating profit, or 1.40 trillion yen for the six months to September, Toyota said in a statement.

Toyota assumed foreign exchange rates at 107 yen to the dollar, compared with 106 yen to the dollar in the previous estimate.