Japan Auto Exports Remain Robust

Includes: HMC, NSANY, TM
by: Steven Towns

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Toyota, Honda Report Increases In Japan Output [Wall Street Journal]

Summary: Demand for fuel-efficient autos is helping Toyota and Honda overcome challenges in their home market. Exports grew 20% and 46% in October for Toyota and Honda respectively, as overseas demand -- particularly in North America -- outpaced overseas production, which was up for the two by 8.1% and 12%. Domestic sales fell for both by 5.6% and 6.2%, respectively. Nissan's domestic sales grew 1.6% due to strong sales of a newly released mini-car. Its exports were off 1.7%, while overseas production increased 9.5%. These are all largely improved numbers for Nissan. The production and export growth at Toyota and Honda extends multi-month strings of increases. Japan-Big3-1yr-chart-11-27-06
Related links: Press releases: Toyota, Honda and Nissan. Commentary: My Breakfast With Honda Motor Co.Toyota: Lithium Battery Hybrid In The WorksToyota Sees Gold in BRIC Auto Markets • Earnings: Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Japan Big-3: Toyota (NYSE:TM), Honda (NYSE:HMC), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), U.S. Big-3: Daimler Chrysler (DCX), Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE:GM) • ETFs: iShares MSCI Japan Index (NYSEARCA:EWJ), iShares S&P/TOPIX 150 Index (ITF), BLDRS Asia 50 ADR Index (NASDAQ:ADRA)

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