• Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen
     | July 29,2014

    TOKYO — Nissan’s quarterly profit rose nearly 37 percent, helped by a favorable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China. Nissan Motor Co. reported Monday a better-than-expected net profit of 112 billion yen ($1.1 billion) for the April-June first fiscal quarter, up from 82 billion yen a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast a quarterly profit of 85 billion yen ($835 million). Quarterly sales jumped 10 percent to 2.466 trillion yen ($24.2 billion).

    Nissan’s vehicle sales grew in the robust North American market, on solid demand for the Rogue crossover and the Altima sedan, offsetting shaky Japan, where a rise in the consumption tax dampened sales overall. “Nissan continued to make progress in the first three months of the fiscal year as encouraging demand for new products, benefits from recent plant investments, and improving market conditions in North America, China and Europe combined to lift both revenues and profits,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer.

    Yokohama-based Nissan kept its full year forecasts unchanged at a 405 billion yen ($4 billion) net income and 10.79 trillion yen ($106 billion) sales. The profit figure would represent a 4 percent increase from the previous year and the sales figure a 3 percent increase.

    Nissan sold 1.24 million vehicles globally during the first quarter, a 6 percent rise from the previous year.

    Nissan has stepped up its global expansion, opening new plants in Brazil, Indonesia and Thailand and other emerging markets where it sees strong growth.

    But Nissan, which makes the Infiniti luxury model, March subcompact and Leaf electric car, is also doing will in the U.S., a developed market.

    Its U.S. sales volume grew 14 percent from the previous year, and Nissan’s market share in the U.S. edged up by 0.5 points to 7.9 percent.

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