TOKYO, April 24 Canon Inc raised its
full-year operating profit target by a slight 1.4 percent after
strong sales of office copiers and printers in the first
Canon, the world's biggest camera maker, said in its
quarterly earnings statement it expects an operating profit of
365 billion yen ($3.56 billion) for the year to Dec. 31, a
slight increase from its previous forecast of 360 billion yen.
Its office equipment sales rose 9.7 percent in the
Canon posted an 82.6 billion yen operating profit for the
January-March quarter, a 51 percent increase on the year. That
compared to expectations of 68.6 billion yen, the average of six
analysts' estimates according to Thomson Reuters' StarMine.
($1 = 102.3850 Japanese Yen)
(Reporting by Sophie Knight; Editing by Edmund Klamann and