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After two bumper years, Toyota braces for shift to slower growth

By Yoko Kubota and Maki Shiraki TOYOTA CITY, Japan/TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> is set to post record growth for the year just ended - with a likely $10 billion surge in operating profit - but the mood at its HQ in Japan's prosperous automotive heartland is cautious as executives warn of a leaner year ahead.

Asian shares mixed after Wall St bounce

Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, with Wall Street providing a strong lead after rebounding from a two-day sell-off thanks to better-than-expected retail sales data. Hong Kong and Shanghai were the main losers ahead of the release Wednesday of Chinese growth figures that are forecast to show a further slowdown in the economic giant. Tokyo rose 0.62 percent, or 86.65 points, to finish at 13,996.81 and Sydney closed up 0.55 percent, or 29.3 points, at 5,388.2 while Seoul eased 0.24 percent, or 4.75 points, to 1,992.27.

Asian shares mixed after Wall St bounce

Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, with Wall Street providing a strong lead after rebounding from a two-day sell-off thanks to better-than-expected retail sales data. However, Hong Kong and Shanghai lagged the regional uptrend ahead of the release Wednesday of Chinese growth figures that are forecast to show a further slowdown in the economic giant. Tokyo rose 0.82 percent by the break, Sydney added 0.69 percent and Seoul put on 0.10 percent, but Hong Kong slipped 0.57 percent while Shanghai shed 0.80 percent.

Asian shares mixed after Wall St bounce

Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, with Wall Street providing a strong lead after rebounding from a two-day sell-off thanks to better-than-expected retail sales data. However, Hong Kong and Shanghai lagged the regional uptrend ahead of the release Wednesday of Chinese growth figures that are forecast to show a further slowdown in the economic giant. Tokyo rose 0.62 percent, or 86.65 points, to finish at 13,996.81 and Sydney closed up 0.55 percent, or 29.3 points, at 5,388.2 while Seoul eased 0.24 percent, or 4.75 points, to 1,992.27.

Tokyo stocks close up 0.62%

Tokyo stocks rose 0.62 percent Tuesday after a rally on Wall Street and as the yen weakened against the dollar in response to upbeat US economic data. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 86.65 points to finish at 13,996.81, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 0.29 percent, or 3.33 points, to 1,136.09. After heavy losses last week all three main indexes on Wall Street rallied Monday as traders welcomed a solid earnings report from Citigroup and encouraging retail sales data.

Tokyo stocks open 1.14% higher

Tokyo stocks opened 1.14 percent higher on Tuesday after New York shares bounced back with the dollar gaining ground on more confidence in the US economy. The Nikkei 225 index rose 158.59 points to 14,068.75 at the start. US stocks rose decisively Monday after a solid earnings report from Citigroup and encouraging retail sales data, reversing course after deep losses late last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 0.91 percent to 16,173.24, while the tech-rich Nasdaq, which has fallen sharply over the last month, added 0.57 percent to 4,022.69.

Asian shares mixed after fresh Wall St losses

Asia's markets were mixed on Monday following another heavy sell-off on Wall Street while concerns over the crisis in Ukraine resurfaced. Investors are also awaiting the release this week of first-quarter growth data from China, with analysts tipping a further slowdown in the world's number two economy. Tokyo ended 0.36 percent lower, giving up 49.89 points to 13,910.16, while Sydney shed 1.28 percent, or 69.7 points, to 5,358.9, marking its heaviest fall in four weeks. Seoul was flat, dipping 0.42 points to 1,997.02.

Asian shares mixed after fresh Wall St losses

Asia's markets were mixed on Monday following another heavy sell-off on Wall Street while concerns over the crisis in Ukraine resurfaced. Investors are also awaiting the release this week of first-quarter growth data from China, with analysts tipping a further slowdown in the world's number two economy. Tokyo ended 0.36 percent lower, giving up 49.89 points to 13,910.16, while Sydney shed 1.28 percent, or 69.7 points, to 5,358.9, marking its heaviest fall in four weeks. Seoul was flat, dipping 0.42 points to 1,997.02.

Asian shares mostly down after fresh Wall St losses

Asia's markets mostly fell on Monday following another heavy sell-off on Wall Street and renewed concerns over the crisis in Ukraine. Investors are also awaiting the release this week of first-quarter growth data from China, with analysts tipping a further slowdown in the world's number two economy. Tokyo ended 0.36 percent lower, giving up 49.89 points to 13,910.16, while Sydney shed 1.28 percent, or 69.7 points, to 5,358.9, marking its heaviest fall in four weeks. Seoul was flat, dipping 0.42 points to 1,997.02.

Asian shares sink after fresh Wall St losses

Asia's markets slipped on Monday following another heavy sell-off on Wall Street and renewed concerns over the crisis in Ukraine. Investors are also awaiting the release this week of first-quarter growth data from China, with analysts tipping a further slowdown in the world's number two economy. Tokyo stocks dipped 0.10 percent in the morning and Hong Kong eased 0.11 percent while Sydney shed 0.52 percent, Shanghai was off 0.38 percent and Seoul was flat. Bangkok and Mumbai were closed for public holidays.
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