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Japan-Update

160-plus listed Japanese companies seen topping forecasts in first half

Sony expected to top record operating profit for first time in 20 years

Sony's April-September operating profit likely tripled on the year.

TOKYO -- Listed companies in Japan performed well in the six months ended September on demand at home and abroad, with 164 seen beating previous earnings expectations as of Thursday, putting them on track to surpass previously projected results for the full year.

The 1,587 that close their books in March are seen with operating profit up 8.2% on the year for the first half and 6.2% for the full fiscal year.

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