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*Subaru maker Fuji Heavy's operating profit margin at 13 pct. TOKYO, July 31- Japanese automakers Mazda Motor Corp and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, which makes Subaru cars, said they are on track for record full-year profits after strong sales in the United States powered double-digit profit growth in April-June.
TOKYO— American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. Tesla has said that Nevada, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California are in the running.
DETROIT, July 30- The General Motors Co Chevrolet Volt was the only one of a dozen small cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to earn a "Top Safety Pick+" award, the IIHS said in a statement on Wednesday.
*Honda's N.American Q1 operating profit down 6 pct. Honda said its Mexico plant, which makes the Fit subcompact, was hit by delays as it adopted new manufacturing techniques, but the company kept its full-year U.S. sales targets unchanged and said volumes would get back on track.
TOKYO— Honda's quarterly profit surged nearly 20 percent on demand for remodeled cars in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Honda, Japan's No. 3 automaker, posted 574 billion yen profit on 11.84 trillion yen sales for the last fiscal year, which ended March 2014.
*Weak U.S. housing data offset by strong earnings. TOKYO, July 29- Tokyo shares rose to a fresh six-month closing high on Tuesday, buoyed by a weaker yen and robust earnings from blue chips like Nissan Motor Co, suggesting some sectors were weathering the impact of a recent sales tax hike.
TOKYO, July 29- Tokyo stocks rose to a fresh six-month high on Tuesday morning, as strong earnings from the likes of Nissan Motor Co suggested Corporate Japan has managed to weather a recent rise in the national sales tax.
YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 28- Nissan Motor Co Ltd aims to boost sales and profitability in the United States, its biggest market, an executive said, after Japan's No.2 automaker posted a 14 percent rise in quarterly U.S. sales, closing in on rival Honda Motor Co.. It surpassed Hyundai Motor Co and is closing in on Honda, whose sales fell 0.8 percent during the same period.
YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 28- Nissan Motor Co's operating profit rose a higher-than-expected 13.4 percent in the April-June quarter on improved sales in the United States and China, its two largest markets, following a change in senior management overseeing U.S. operations.
TOKYO— Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 percent, helped by a favorable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China. Nissan's vehicle sales grew in the robust North American market, on solid demand for the Rogue crossover and the Altima sedan, offsetting shaky Japan, where a rise in the consumption tax dampened sales overall.
Japan's second-biggest car maker posts a 13.4 percent rise in April-June operating profit from a year earlier and saw improved sales in the U.S.
YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 28- Nissan Motor Co posted a 13.4 percent rise in April-June operating profit from a year earlier as Japan's second-biggest car maker saw improved sales in the United States after it changed senior management overseeing operations there.
Family Dollar rose the most in the Standard& Poor's 500 index— with a 25 percent gain— after Dollar Tree announced plans to buy the rival discount store for roughly $8.5 billion. Family Dollar's stock surged $15.08 to $75.74. Trulia jumped on news that Zillow, a rival real-estate listing service, was buying it for $3.5 billion.
TOKYO, July 28- Japan's Nikkei average rose to six-month highs on Monday, and looked poised to test key resistance levels around 15,500 points, on hopes of continued improvement in corporate earnings. 0.5 percent at 15,530.29, its highest level since Jan. 23, reversing early losses that followed Friday's weakness on Wall Street.
Investors are paying close attention to this reporting season which will give insights into how profitability is holding up following the tax hike.
Japan will be the market to watch this week on the back of key data and as earnings season in the world's third-largest economy kicks into full gear.
NEW YORK— Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry. Faulty air bags have already been blamed for the recall of millions of cars around the world in recent years, including those made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda and Toyota.
DETROIT, July 26- Nissan Motor Co has expanded by 226,326 vehicles a recall of older models equipped with defective air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp, Nissan said in an amended filing posted Saturday by U.S. safety regulators.
A crush of big cap earnings and arguably the most important economic reports until September make next week the busiest of the summer for markets.
*Index heavy Fanuc contributes 27 points, or more than a quarter of Nikkei gains. TOKYO, July 25- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday after the S&P 500 set another record closing high and as index heavyweight Fanuc Corp jumped after reporting strong profits.