Toyota China sales tumble in Oct, hit by islands row
Toyota said on Thursday it and its two local joint-venture partners sold a total of about 45,600 cars. The year-on-year decline followed a nearly 50 percent slide it saw in September.
Violent protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese products broke out across China in mid-September after Japan nationalized two of the East China Sea islands, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and the Senkaku in Japanese, by purchasing then from their private owners.
For the first 10 months of this year, Toyota's auto sales totaled about 685,900 vehicles, down 1 percent from the same period last year, according to the company.
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