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Nissan posts lower Q1 profit, misses estimate

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Nissan Motor on Thursday posted a bigger-than-expected drop in its first-quarter operating profit as higher expenses offset a rise in global vehicle sales.

[YOKOHAMA] Nissan Motor on Thursday posted a bigger-than-expected drop in its first-quarter operating profit as higher expenses offset a rise in global vehicle sales.

Japan's No 2 automaker by car sales posted an operating profit of 153.3 billion yen (S$1.88 billion) in April-June, down 12.8 per cent from 175.83 billion yen a year ago.

That compared with an average estimate for 171.45 billion yen from six analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Nissan maintained its forecast for operating profit in the year to March at 685.0 billion yen, down 7.7 per cent from last year and below analyst forecasts for 733.23 billion yen.

The company has said it expects higher raw material costs and a minor negative currency impact to weigh on operating profit this year.

REUTERS

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