Toyota profits up amid solid recovery from pandemic fallout

FAN Editor

Toyota has reported a 50% jump in its October to December profit, underlining a solid recovery at the Japanese automaker from the damage of the coronavirus pandemic

Toyota Motor Corp.’s fiscal third quarter profit totaled 838.7 billion yen ($8 billion), up from 559 billion yen the previous year.

Quarterly sales rose to 8.2 trillion yen ($78 billion) from 7.6 trillion yen.

Although its business operations are still suffering because of the pandemic, cost cuts and other efforts including online marketing campaigns helped boost its bottom line, Toyota executive Kenta Kon told reporters.

Toyota said it expects to sell 7.6 million vehicles globally for the fiscal year through March, down from nearly 9 million vehicles the previous fiscal year.

But the latest projection is better than the earlier forecast to sell 7.5 million vehicles.

Global vehicles sales are rebounding in the latest quarter, with Toyota selling more vehicles in the U.S., Japan and Europe, compared to the previous fiscal year.

Toyota raised its annual profit forecast to 1.9 trillion yen ($18 billion), up from an earlier projection for a 1.4 trillion yen ($13 billion) profit.

That’s still lower than the 2 trillion yen profit the maker of the Corolla subcompact, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models raked in the previous fiscal year.

Takaki Nakanishi, an equities analyst at Jefferies, sees an “upward trend” for Toyota, which he thinks will grow stronger this year.

The auto industry has suffered from a shortage of computer chips because of the pandemic, but that is slowly being resolved.

Kon said the shortage has not yet affected Toyota’s production, although uncertainties remain.

Toyoda did not call for Mori’s resignation. But he stressed that Toyota was a corporate sponsor of the Olympics because it supports the Games’ goals of promoting peace and diversity.

“The comment is different from our values, and we find it regrettable,” Toyoda said.


Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter

Free America Network Articles

Leave a Reply

Next Post

Russia labels opposition "traitors" for urging sanctions from Europe

Moscow — Russia’s foreign ministry accused Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s allies of treachery on Tuesday for discussing possible sanctions against Russia with other countries. The accusation of treason was levelled as the opposition leader’s imprisonment drove an increasingly large wedge between Moscow and its European Union neighbors. Navalny, 44, was arrested last […]