Some opinions of where Honda Motor Co. Ltd. is headed this year are an ocean apart. Accentuating the negative is Seiji Sugiura, senior analyst with HSBC Securities (Japan), after company executives met with analysts to discuss results of fiscal year ended March 31 and prospects for the current fiscal year ending next March. Officially and unofficially, the outlook for Japan’s second largest auto maker, is not rosy. Honda managers foresee operating profits declining 9.6% – ¥37.9 ...

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