Japanese commodities trading giant Mitsubishi Corp said on Wednesday its first-quarter net profit grew 17 percent as higher coking coal prices boosted earnings.
Mitsubishi, the biggest of Japan`s clutch of trading houses by assets, said net profit for April-June was 117.8 billion yen ($1.06 billion), up from 100.8 billion yen in the same period a year earlier.
For the full year through March, Mitsubishi maintained its forecast for net profit at 450 billion yen, up 2.2 percent from last year but below a mean estimate of 463 billion yen from nine analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company previously said it expects stronger earnings from its machinery and chemical product businesses this year. ($1 = 110.8200 yen)
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