TOKYO Feb 6 Nikon Corp, which competes
against Europe's ASML, stuck with a November forecast
to sell 28 steppers, multi-million dollar lithography machines
used in semiconductor production, in the year to March 31.
Nikon, which earns most of its profit from cameras, also kept
its forecast to sell 17 million digital cameras in the twelve
months. It nudged down its digital SLR camera sales outlook to 7
million from the previous forecast for 7.1 million cameras.
Nikon also released its results for the quarter ended Dec.
31 on Wednesday, cutting its full year earnings outlook to an
operating profit of 48 billion yen ($514 million) from its
November forecast for 72 billion yen.
($1 = 93.3950 Japanese yen)
(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Richard Pullin)