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Nissan Net Income Up 17.6% to $1.3 Billion in First Half of FY2015

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Looks like Nissan can go buy themselves something pretty now. In the first quarter of this fiscal year, Nissan announced a net income of $1.3 billion, an increase of 17.6% over last year’s income at the same time (and the same percentage of increase for the entire 2014 fiscal year). This comes from a net revenue of 2.9 trillion yen, or $23.9 billion US. Last year’s net revenue was 2.47 trillion yen, or $19.8 billion US. Operating profit and Ordinary profit also increased, but by much higher margins at 58% and 45.2% increases, respectively.

Nissan unit sales were up, too, increase 4.4% to raise its market share to 5.9% (over the 5.7% that it had held before). This boosted Nissan to the post of best-selling Asian brand in Europe.

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Nissan blames this success primarily on North America and Europe: “Nissan delivered solid financial results in the first three months of the fiscal year due primarily to strong demand for our core products in North America and Europe,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer. “Given our on-going product offensive, the benefits of our Alliance strategy and continued cost-discipline, Nissan is on track to deliver its full-year financial guidance.”

During the first quarter, Nissan launched the redesigned Maxima in the United States (good thing it wasn’t actually scrapped), introduced the NP300 Frontier to Latin America and the Caribbean, and received awards for both the Murano and the Sentra.

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2016 Nissan Maxima

Meanwhile, Nissan’s zero-emission vehicles were making steady progress, with the LEAF passing 180,000 units sold and the introduction of the electric commercial vehicle, the e-NV200.

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The Nissan e-NV200

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Looking to the second half of the fiscal year and despite a possibly unstable market in China, Nissan is optimistic, maintaining their predictions first issued to the Tokyo Stock Exchange in May, where they projected a 27% increase in dividends per share over last year.