Mazda Motor Corp.’s net profit jumped a record 66% to ¥31.1 billion ($266.3 million), while operating profit rose 12% in the fiscal first half, lifting the Japanese auto maker’s full-year forecast and paving the way for record full-year profits. A ¥48.8 billion ($417.8 million) operating profit for the April-September period is attributed in part to better-than-expected demand for the Mazda3, even as Mazda’s overall sales fell 4% in Europe and 1% in the U.S. Sales in Japan grew 4%. ...
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