Bridgestone expects to build on H1 sales gains

Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. has reported a 1% drop in operating income, to Yen199.4 billion (€1,572 million), on first half sales of Yen1,774.4 billion, 2% higher than a year ago, the group’s 9 Aug report shows.

The lower income, however, reflected a 40% decline, to Yen8.9 billion, on flat sales at Bridgestone’s smaller Diversified Products division. This offset a 3% increase in earnings in the Tires division, at Yen190.6 billion, on 2% higher sales of Yen1,775.4 billion.

Stand-out figures in Bridgestone’s half-year report included: an 11% rise…

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