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Major Tire Companies Plan Production Increases for 2019 While Projecting Rising Sales, Falling Profits

Japan’s four major tire manufacturers have now posted their earnings forecasts for calendar 2019, with the general trend of expectations here pointing to increased sales and decreased profits. And amid this, all four of the companies are planning increases to their production capacity. While a number of factors make 2019 a difficult year to predict – including the U.S.–China trade...

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Showa Denko Posts Major Increase to Sales and Income, Strong Propylene Results

Showa Denko KK (TYO:4004) recently revealed that it achieved an increase to both sales revenue and income for calendar 2018. The company posted sales of 992.14 billion yen ($8.97 billion) for the year, up by 27.1 percent over figures from 2017. Meanwhile, operating income was up 131.6 percent year-on-year to reach just over 180 billion yen, with ordinary income up...

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Kuraray Posts Drop in Profits for 2018 Despite Significant Increase to Sales

Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) recently posted its full-year results for 2018, showing a significant increase to sales but a decrease in all profit metrics. While the company’s sales rose by 16.3 percent year-on-year to reach almost 603 billion yen ($5.45 billion), its operating profit fell 13.8 percent to 65.79 billion yen, with ordinary profit down 17.6 percent to 61.17 billion...

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Yokohama Rubber Sees Sales Increase But Profit Decline for 2018

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently posted its business results for calendar 2018, showing a slight increase to overall sales but a drop in most profit metrics. Across the company’s various divisions, sales rose 0.6 percent year-on-year to reach 650.24 billion yen ($5.89 billion). Business profit was then up 1.7 percent to 59.26 billion yen, but operating profit was down...

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Osaka Soda Posts Increased Sales, Profits Following Strong Performance With Rubber Products

Osaka Soda Co. Ltd. (TYO:4046) has posted a significant increase to its sales and profits for the cumulative first three quarters of fiscal 2018. Year-on-year, Osaka Soda’s sales rose by 9.9 percent to reach 81.85 billion yen ($741.23 million) over the nine-month period. In profits, meanwhile, the company’s operating profit rose 36 percent to 7.65 billion yen, with ordinary profit...

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Sumitomo Riko Posts Record Sales, Falling Profits for Q1–Q3

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) recently posted record-high sales in cumulative results for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. This comes despite profits falling under all metrics. Sales for the nine-month period came to 350.43 billion yen ($3.19 billion), up 2.8 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, business profit – calculated by subtracting cost of sales, sales expenses and general administrative expenses...

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