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Toyota raises profit outlook as weak yen offsets Japan slump

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Toyota Motor Corp lifted its operating profit guidance by 8 per cent on Wednesday as a weaker yen increases the value of sales overseas and makes up for slumping demand at home.

[TOKYO] Toyota Motor Corp lifted its operating profit guidance by 8 per cent on Wednesday as a weaker yen increases the value of sales overseas and makes up for slumping demand at home.

The world's biggest automaker now expects record operating profit of 2.70 trillion yen (US$22.93 billion) for the year ending March 31. That compared with a previous forecast of 2.5 trillion yen as well as the 2.762 trillion yen average estimate of 30 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

For October-December, Toyota said operating profit grew 27 per cent to 762.88 billion yen, versus the 690.21 billion yen estimate of 15 analysts. It also changed its US dollar-yen exchange rate assumption to 109 yen for the current year, from 104 yen.

The yen's decline has been a boon for Toyota, which exports roughly half of its vehicles produced in Japan. Cost-cutting undertaken when the yen hovered at record highs in recent years has also helped the automaker's bottom line.

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