Japan's Auto Output Up 6.7 Pct in Oct.

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Combined domestic automobile production by eight major Japanese manufacturers in October rose 6.7 pct from a year earlier to 840,835 units, data from the companies showed Thursday.

The growth reflected boosted production after operations were halted by a series of natural disasters including typhoons and a major earthquake in September.

Six of the eight posted production growth, with Daihatsu Motor Co. registering record output of 85,168 units.

Domestic production rose 4.3 pct at Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>, which suffered a temporary drop in output mainly due to typhoons. Output climbed 12.0 pct at Mazda Motor Corp. <7261> after being weighed down by torrential rain that mainly struck western Japan in July.

By contrast, Nissan Motor Co. <7201> logged a decline of 5.8 pct due to sluggish production of SUVs for U.S. and European markets. Subaru Corp. <7270> suffered a 0.1 pct drop.

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