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Asian slowdown drags on Unicharm

TOKYO -- Household-goods maker Unicharm is struggling to regain ground in Asian markets, with its once- thriving diaper business in China and Indonesia now weighing down earnings.

The Tokyo-based company said Friday that group operating profit for the first nine months of this year totaled 51.4 billion yen ($498 million), a paltry 3% increase from the same period a year earlier. 

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