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 user 2005-11-01 at 9:40:00 am Views: 72
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    Canon Q3 profits fall
    2005 – Tokyo (JPN): Canon has announced its Q3 figures, revealing a 9.3
    per cent drop in operating profit on weak sales of its chip-making
    equipment, although the company has raised its outlook for the
    Group operating profit was down to ¥143.57 billion ($1.24
    billion), from ¥158.3 billion a year earlier. But the company raised
    its full-year forecast for group operating profit to ¥587 billion, due
    to a recent weakening of the yen against the dollar and euro.
    The loss represented the firms first year-on-year fall in profit in seven quarters

    Canon ‘shutters’ at 9% profit drop

    Camera manufacturer cites big pension gain in third-quarter last year, raises outlook.
    - Japan’s Canon Inc. reported a 9.3 percent fall in quarterly operating
    profit Thursday on weaker sales of chip-making equipment and a delay in
    the launch of ink jet printers, but it raised its full-year outlook on
    strong demand for digital cameras and a softer yen.
    Canon, the
    world’s top maker of copiers, cameras and laser printers, said its
    group operating profit came to ¥143.6 billion (about $1.2 billion) in
    the July-September quarter, down from ¥158.3 billion a year earlier.
    raised its group operating profit forecast for 2005 by nearly 2 percent
    to ¥587 billion, also reflecting healthy sales of color copiers and
    laser printer engines supplied to Hewlett-Packard Co (down $0.29 to
    $26.67, Research).
    Ricoh Co., Japan’s second-largest office
    equipment maker after Canon, recorded a 16 percent rise in operating
    profit for the first half. Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. is also seen
    posting higher profits when it reports next month.
    Canon’s total
    sales rose 5 percent to ¥878.50 billion, and the quarterly profit beat
    a consensus forecast of ¥139.24 billion in a poll of five analysts by
    Reuters Estimates. Canon’s own forecast was for a profit of ¥136
    billion, down 14 percent.
    Canon attributed the fall in profit — its
    first in seven quarters — to the absence of a big pension gain booked
    in the same period last year.
    “If it hadn’t been for this, we would
    have maintained our profit growth momentum. Our business hasn’t
    worsened,” Toshizo Tanaka, Canon Senior Managing Director, told a press
    Canon reported a fall in sales of steppers, machines
    that etch circuitry onto chips. Canon’s top competitors in the stepper
    market are Nikon Corp. and Netherlands-based ASML.
    “The silicon cycle has been in a downtrend since late last year,” Tanaka said.
    The company also cited a delay in the planned launch of ink jet printers for the quarterly profit decline.
    Cameras strong
    its full business year to December, Canon said it expected a record net
    profit of ¥384 billion, above its previous forecast of ¥367 billion,
    helped by a recent weakening of the yen against the dollar and the euro.
    company raised its 2005 target for shipments of semiconductor steppers
    to 133 units on Thursday from its previous estimate of 125, while it
    cut its target for LCD stepper shipments to 110 units from its previous
    target of 111.
    Digital cameras, printers and office copiers, continued to sell well, Canon said.
    raised its 2005 digital camera sales estimate to 16.9 million units
    from its previous forecast of 16.8 million, mostly due to the
    popularity of its digital SLRs.
    “We have had to lower the price of
    some of our products, but the downward pressure on prices has weakened
    a little bit in the third quarter, compared to what we had expected
    beforehand,” Tanaka said.
    He also cited strong sales of its IXY
    digital cameras, a series of sleek cameras advertised by
    supermodel-turned-yoga-celebrity Christy Turlington and Japanese
    football star Hidetoshi Nakata.
    “The IXY model sold well without steep discounts,” Tanaka said.
    Iso, chief investment officer at Yasuda Asset Management Co. Ltd.,
    expected investors to buy Canon stocks because of the raised forecast.
    “This will be a positive factor for the stock,” he said.
    in companies such as Canon, which have good earnings results but have
    lagged behind the market, will now have ample opportunity to catch up.”
    to the announcement, Canon shares closed down 1.31 percent at ¥6,020.
    Tokyo’s electrical machinery index IELEC. fell 0.62 percent.