TOKYO – This year, the world of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. is more topsy and turvy than usual. After a parade of improved performances in four previous years, sales in the first half of fiscal 2006 (ending Sept. 30) sagged 6.9% globally and were off 10.2% in the U.S., 16.9% in Japan and 4.4% in Europe – three key markets. Operating profits dropped 15.3%. This is considered only a temporary setback by planners, optimists by nature, who are banking on the rollout of nine new models in the ...

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