Asia

Sales to customers decreased 18.8 % year-on-year to 41,899 million yen.

Although our group companies in Vietnam and elsewhere in the ASEAN region performed well, sales fell overall due to China's worsening economic environment and increasing competition.

Segment profit (operating income) decreased 13.2% year-on-year to 4,879 million yen due to weak sales, despite effective use of advertising and sales promotion expenses.