Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. says its first-half operating profits increased 15.2% to ¥401.1 billion ($3.7 billion), hiking its operating profit margin to 11.3%. Nissan says it sold 1,467,000 vehicles from January to June 2003, up 5.9% from like-2002. Credited with the improved performance is the auto maker’s Nissan 180 product launch plan, which will see 10 new products roll out this fiscal year. Japanese sales grew 0.9% (387,000 units, including minicars), while U.S. sales rose 11% to 420,000 ...

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