Isuzu Motors has said that it expects its group net profit in the current fiscal year ended March 31 2012 to rise 26% from the previous year to 65 billion yen.

The company said production affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster returned to normal in June.

Sales are forecast to rack up a 4.6% gain to 1.48 trillion yen in the year through March 2012, but operating profit is projected at 80 billion yen, down 9.3%, on increased costs for parts procurement after the disaster, the company said.

Global sales are expected to accelerate to 419,000 units, buoyed by steady sales in emerging markets in Asia and anticipated growth in reconstruction demand at home.