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Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has revised its consolidated and non-consolidated forecasts for the first half of fiscal 2007, ended Sept. 30.

The current revised consolidated forecast includes the following comparative financial estimates, based on yen:

* net sales of 222 billion yen ($1.86 billion), a 0.9% increase over the previous forecast;

* 3 billion yen ($25 million) for ordinary profit, a 172.7% increase; and

* 3.3 billion yen ($27.6 million) for net income, a 450% increase.

The original forecast was publicized on May 11, 2006. The revisions were necessary based on Yokohama's recent performance trends.

Although affected by increases in prices of raw materials -- mainly natural rubber -- the forecast for ordinary profit exceeds the previous one, reflecting improved cost reduction, profits from consolidated affiliates in North America, and a weaker-than-expected foreign exchange rate of yen.

The current revised forecast for net income is attributable to an increase in extraordinary gain as a result of the sale of some investment securities held by the company, in addition to the increased ordinary profit.

Yokohama will publicize its consolidated and non-consolidated forecasts for the entire fiscal year following its first-half financial results.

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