The numbers indicate earnings recovery supported by the yen's depreciation, although the weaker yen affected domestic demand-oriented companies by boosting imported raw material prices.
These firms, among those that close their annual books in March and are listed on the First Section of the
Manufacturers boosted their net profit 2.8-fold year on year to
Electrical machinery makers including
Nonmanufacturing companies expanded their group net profit 54.4 percent.
While wholesalers including trading houses increased their profit 15.2 percent, retailers such as restaurant chains saw an 8.9 percent decline due to higher imported food material costs under the yen's depreciation. Air transportation firms logged a 20.3 percent drop as the weaker yen boosted fuel costs.
The 803 firms have estimated their combined net profit for the whole of the current fiscal year to March will double from the previous year.
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