Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2016, of the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 (fiscal 2017).
The business environment in the first quarter (from April through June 2016) of the fiscal year 2017 experienced a gradual slowdown continuing in China and other East Asian markets and weakness in personal consumption in Japan, while the economy showed strong signs of expansion in the U.S., and a gradual trend of economic recovery continued in Europe. In addition, the yen became stronger against foreign currencies compared to the same period of the previous year, becoming radically stronger with the impact of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union at the end of June.
Under these circumstances, consolidated net sales in the first quarter decreased by 6% compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year to 927.0 billion yen, owing to such factors as decreased sales in the Industrial Automation Systems, Information and Communication Systems and Electronic Devices. Consolidated operating income increased by 9% compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year to 59.7 billion yen, due to increased profits in the Energy and Electric Systems and Home Appliances segments.
Forecast for Fiscal 2017
With negative influences caused by the yen becoming stronger against currencies mainly in Europe and in Asia, Mitsubishi Electric's business performance for the current fiscal year is expected to fall below its previous forecast mainly in the Industrial Automation Systems and Energy and Electric Systems segments. Therefore, the consolidated earnings forecast for the first half of fiscal 2017, ending September 30, 2016, and for fiscal 2017, ending March 31, 2017, have been revised from the announcement on April 28, 2016 as stated below.