TOKYO , Jan. 31 -- ( Kyodo ) _ (EDS: COMBINING EARLIER STORIES ON JAL, ANA) Japan's two major airlines suffered double-digit drops in their April-December group net profits from a year earlier due mainly to increased fuel costs stemming from a weak yen, the companies said Friday. ANA Holdings Inc. said its group net profit dropped 36.2 percent in the first nine months of fiscal 2013 to 33.31 billion yen , with its group operating profit falling 35.8 percent to 69.06 billion yen . Japan Airlines Co.'s group net profit fell 12.2 percent to 123.50 billion yen and its operating profit declined 13.1 percent to 137.50 billion yen . Both ANA and JAL posted increased sales, lifted by robust demand for international flights especially on Southeast Asian routes and a recovery in business passengers, but that was not enough to cushion the rise in fuel costs. ANA, the parent of All Nippon Airways Co. , said revenue from international services increased 12.2 percent to 297.4 billion yen , despite a slight fall in both passenger numbers and average load factors, as it enjoyed solid demand for expanded services to Bangkok and Yangon . Its consolidated sales rose 7.1 percent to 1.21 trillion yen . But ANA's fuel costs, accounting for roughly a quarter of its total costs, increased by about 25 percent from a year earlier, while costs also increased due to the airline's business expansion. ANA Holdings left unchanged its group earnings forecast for the full year through March, expecting a net profit of 15 billion yen , down 65.2 percent from the previous year, and an operating profit of 60 billion yen , down 42.2 percent, on sales of 1.58 trillion yen , up 6.5 percent. JAL's consolidated sales increased 5.1 percent to 989.92 billion yen , with those related to international services growing 7.5 percent to 331.32 billion yen . JAL revised upward its group net profit forecast to 148 billion yen , down 13.8 percent from the previous year. It also raised its estimates for operating profit and sales in the fiscal year to 158 billion yen , down 19.1 percent, and 1.29 trillion yen , up 4.2 percent.
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