YOKOHAMA, Japan Feb 8 Nissan Motor Co
reported a 35 percent year-on-year drop in third quarter net
profit to 54.1 billion yen ($580 million), citing weak demand in
Europe, China and the United States.
The results, however, still came in slightly above the
market expectation of 51.8 billion yen, according to seven
analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Nissan sold 4.94 million vehicles in calendar year 2012
globally, up 5.8 percent from 2011, but sales in China, its
biggest market, fell 31.3 percent on average in October-December
from a year ago after anti-Japan protests broke out in
($1 = 93.2100 Japanese yen)
(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)