Toyota quarterly profit triples, raises forecast

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Toyota's quarterly profit tripled, driven by a recovery from natural disasters, and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast despite a sales slump in China.

Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday reported a July-September net profit of $3.2 billion.

Japan's top automaker raised its profit forecast for the full fiscal year through March 2013 to $9.8 billion from $9.5 billion.

It had a profit of 283.5 billion yen profit in the previous fiscal year, when Toyota production was hammered by the disasters in northeastern Japan and Thailand.

The company's optimism comes despite a sale plunge in China, where a territorial dispute has set off protests and a boycott of Japanese cars.

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