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Japan production slowed by weaker exports, sales

TOKYO — Japan’s vehicle production in September dipped 1.8 percent from a year earlier as exports and domestic sales slipped.

Output for the month slumped to 828,207, dragged down by a 5.0 percent drop in exports and a 4 percent decline in sales. With the September drop, output for the first fiscal half is off 2.8 percent from a year earlier, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Car production shrank 2.3 percent, the first drop in three months, while output of trucks dropped 4.6 percent.

Among Japan’s Big 5, Honda Motor Co. production was up 13.3 percent in the month, while Toyota Motor Corp. rose 1.2 percent. But production fell 11.2 percent at Nissan Motor Co., 6.2 percent at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and 0.7 percent at Mazda Motor Corp.

Meanwhile, exports in September fell 5 percent from a year earlier to 389,654. Fiscal first-half shipments declined by 7.8 percent.

Honda, up 1 percent, was the only carmaker with higher exports in September. Exports tumbled 5.5 percent at Toyota, 4.0 percent at Nissan, 7.0 percent at Mazda and 4.4 percent at Mitsubishi.

Lower shipments to Europe have depressed overall exports.

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