TOKYO - Japan's October exports rose 7.3 percent from a year earlier to 385,047, but that wasn't enough to drive up output. Vehicle production fell 10.3 percent to 846,298, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
As reported earlier, vehicle sales in Japan in October fell 4.4 percent to 438,510.
Output rose 3.5 percent at Toyota Motor Corp. and 44.7 percent at Hino Motors Ltd. Production by all other makers fell.
Production fell by all categories: cars, trucks, buses and minivehicles with engines under 660cc. The latter slid 23.2 percent in comparison with a strong year-earlier production level.
Exports rose at Toyota, Honda Motor Co. Ltd., and Mazda Motor Corp., but they fell at Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
Industrywide, shipments jumped 22.1 percent to North America to 155,933 and 10.0 percent to Europe to 106,161. Exports to the Middle East, Japan's third-largest market area, slumped 34.7 percent to 31,160, while shipments to Oceania, including Australia, rose 2.0 percent to 30,311. Asia-bound exports rebounded 39.1 percent to 25,534.