Mazda's July Domestic Output Dives 30 Pct due to Rain Disaster

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--Mazda Motor Corp.'s <7261> domestic automobile production in July plunged 30.9 pct from a year before to 58,179 units, as the company temporarily halted operations at two plants in western Japan due to torrential rains, its data showed Thursday.

Combined production by Mazda and seven other major Japanese automakers fell 2.1 pct to 758,534 units in the month, down for the second straight month, data from the companies showed.

Mazda halted production between July 7 and 11 at the plants in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures.

Even after bringing them back online, Mazda has been curbing production by skipping night operations and reducing overtime. It plans to resume normal operations at the factories on Sept. 10, since workers' commuting difficulties and parts supply disruptions are now likely be resolved.

Daihatsu Motor Co. saw its domestic production fall 7.6 pct to 72,455 units, as it briefly suspended operations at some western and southwestern Japan plants due to the impact of the rains.

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