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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Canon Profit May Miss Forecast, Fall 12% in 2008, Nikkei Says



By Jason Clenfield

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Profit at Canon Inc. will probably fall in 2008, missing the company's forecast and recording the first decline in nine years, according to the Nikkei newspaper.

The maker of cameras and copiers is likely to report earnings of about 430 billion yen ($4 billion) for the year ending Dec. 31, a 12 percent decline from the previous year, the Nikkei reported today, without saying how it got the information. Sales of office equipment have slowed in the U.S. and Europe, according to the report.

The company has forecast earnings will rise 2 percent this year to 500 billion yen.

Company spokesman Hiroshi Yoshinaga declined comment on the report when contacted by telephone.

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