Japanese soy sauce maker Kikkoman Corp. has recorded a drop in nine-month profits, hurt by an increase in the cost of raw materials and the impact of a weak US dollar and euro.

For the period to the end of December, net income dropped to JPY8.31bn (US$101.7m) from JPY9.05bn a year earlier. Operating income dropped to JPY16.20bn from JPY18.68bn, the firm reported yesterday (2 February).

Sales slid slightly during the nine months to JPY217.18bn from JPY218.14bn in the year-ago period.

The firm said it is targeting net profit of JPY9.50bn and operating profit of JPY20bn for its full fiscal year, which ends on 31 March. Sales, the firm said, are expected to reach JPY282bn.

Kikkoman shares edged up 0.2% to JPY8.32 at close of trading yesterday.

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