05 Feb '11, 3am

Japan's major firms enjoy 24% profit gain

TOKYO: Japan's major companies enjoyed a 24 per cent profit gain in the three months to December, the fifth consecutive quarterly increase thanks to brisk foreign demand, according to a newspaper report. The Nikkei business daily carried out a survey covering 859 listed firms that announced their October-December quarter earnings by Friday. Their aggregate pre-tax profit came to 5.32 trillion yen (65 billion dollars) in the period, up 24 per cent from the same quarter last year, while their sales rose five percent to a combined 81.2 trillion yen, the daily said. Strong demand in emerging economies and North America drove growth in a wide range of export sectors, offsetting the negative impact of a strong yen, the daily said. Profits jumped 78 per cent in the machinery industry, with the chemicals and electrical machinery sectors following with 38 per cent and 15 per cent i...

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