Toyota lifts profit forecast on strong US sales

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Toyota Motor Corp raised its annual net profit forecast by more than 10% to 860 billion yen on strong sales of the Camry sedan and other vehicles in its biggest market the United States, as well as the yen's drop.

The world's biggest-selling carmaker reported a 23.5% year-on-year rise in third quarter net profit to 99.9 billion yen, below the average estimate of 143.7 billion yen among seven analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

In 2012, Toyota sold a record 8.72 million vehicles around the world. Its group-wide sales were also at a record high of 9.75 million vehicles. The Toyota group also includes Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd and Hino Motors Ltd.