Toyota's global vehicle sales rose 5% in October to about 640,000 units marking the first year-on-year increase in 15 months.

Media reports in Japan said that sales were up 15% in Japan, 45% in China but fell 3.5% in the US, its biggest market. Toyota is set to formally announce its October sales figures later this month.

Toyota executives have said sales in the US would likely start picking up around October on a year-on-year basis, as the sales comparison will be against post-Lehman much weaker market numbers.

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