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Yamaha sales are down

Yamaha Motor Co., the world's second largest motorcycle maker is reporting that first-quarter profit fell 12 percent as demand dropped in the U.S. A stronger yen also reduced earnings.

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Net income fell 12 percent, down to 22.2 billion yen (US$213 million) from 25.2 billion yen a year earlier. Harley Davidson has also reported slower sales too - largely a result of the credit problems in the U.S. economy and resulting economic slowdown.

"Things look pretty rough for Yamaha,'' said Kazuhito Sasaki, a senior analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Center Co. in Tokyo, who rates the company "maintain.'' "Demand in the U.S. for the company's products, particularly the leisure-oriented ones, are slumping.''

North American sales fell to 43,000 motorcycles in the first quarter and European sales fell 9 percent to 100,000.


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