August 5, 2019 / 1:20 AM / 4 months ago

Japanese automakers' sales slump in S.Korea as boycott bites

SEOUL, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Japanese automakers saw their combined South Korean vehicle sales slump in July, data showed on Monday, after Japan’s export curbs to Korea sparked a consumer backlash.

Toyota Motor saw its July sales slump 32% from a year earlier in South Korea, while Honda’s sales skidded 34%, according to data from the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA).

In July, Japan tightened controls on exports to South Korea, escalating a row over wartime forced labourers and sparking a boycott of Japanese products by South Korean consumers. (Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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