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Daikin combats pandemic slump with virus-killing air purifiers

Japan A/C maker probes chance for rebound amid roughest stretch since 2008 crisis

A Daikin factory in Vietnam: The company has built a track record of growing earnings after crises. (Photo by Atsushi Tomiyama)

OSAKA -- The coronavirus has broken a six-year streak of record profits for Daikin Industries, one of the world's largest air conditioner makers, but the company looks to use its virus-eliminating air purifiers to turn the crisis into a springboard to recovery.

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