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Honda Motor Q2 profit falls 4%, misses estimates

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Adam Jeffery | CNBC

Honda Motor Co on Tuesday reported a 4.1 percent fall in second-quarter profit, missing analyst estimates, as it struggles with product recalls in the United States and Japan that could delay the development of new models.

Japan's third-biggest automaker by revenue booked 164.4 billion yen ($1.52 billion) in operating profit for July-September, compared with a 184.1 billion yen mean estimate of 14 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

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The automaker also kept its forecast for the full year ending March 31 at 770 billion yen.

The result comes as U.S. consumers announced a lawsuit against Honda in relation to its recall of over 5 million cars carrying potentially defective airbags from Takata.

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Last week, Honda also apologized for the fifth domestic recall of its Fit hybrid subcompact and said it would re-examine its process for developing cars.

Shares of Honda closed 0.7 percent lower before the earnings release, compared with a 0.4 percent decline in Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index.