Toyota Motor is expected to forecast higher profit for the year ahead when it reports earnings this week, helped by solid demand and a weaker yen, even as commodities costs and supply chain issues pressure the global auto industry, Reuters reported.
The market will be watching closely to see how much of a negative impact higher commodities prices will have on Toyota and other Japanese automakers, as well as their expectations for the currency, Seiji Sugiura, a senior analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Institute, told the news agency.
Toyota is expected to forecast an 11% increase in operating profit to JPY3.36 trillion (US$25.7 billion) for the financil year that started on 1 April, according to a poll of 25 analysts by Refinitiv cited by Reuters.
For the fiscal year just ended, analysts expect profit up 37% to JPY3.02 trillion.
Rival Honda Motor was expected to forecast a 13% increase in profit to JPY 925 billion while Nissan Motor was expected to forecast a 50% jump to JPY318.5 billion, according to Refinitiv data cited by Reuters.
Toyota will report results on Wednesday, Nissan on Thursday and Honda on Friday.