UPDATE 2-Honda lifts forecasts after strong sales drive Q1


* Q1 op profit 234.4 bln yen vs consensus 138.3 bln yen * Lifts FY op profit forecast to 450 bln yen from 400 bln yen * April-June op profit best in 2-½ years * Q1 operating margin 9.9 pct vs 4.2 pct in previous qtr * Shares end down 0.3 pct before results (Adds details, background, Kia results) By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia autos correspondent TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co posted its best quarterly operating profit in 2-½ years on Friday on brisk sales in the United States, ...

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