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CorporateJapanJuly 25, 2008

Consolidated Financial Summary for the Fiscal 1st Quarter Ended June 30, 2008

-- Set an all-time 1st quarter record for consolidated income before income taxes and net income as well as all-time record for any quarter for equity in income of affiliates --

TOKYO, Japan, July 25, 2008 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its consolidated financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2008.

Consolidated net sales and other operating revenue amounted to JPY 2,867.2 billion, a decrease of 2.2% due to factors including the negative currency transaction effect.

Consolidated operating income, which amounted to JPY 221.3 billion, remained at approximately the same level compared to the same quarter a year ago, due to a decrease in incentives for automobile business in North America, increased profit mostly from increased automobile unit sales, and cost reduction efforts, despite the negative impact of exchange rates, the impact of increased raw material costs, and increases in selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses.

Honda set an all-time record for the first quarter for income before income taxes and net income as well as an all-time record for any quarter for equity in income of affiliates.

At the board of directors meeting held today, Honda resolved to pay JPY 22 per share for the fiscal first quarter dividend with the record date of June 30, 2008. The total dividend to be paid for the entire fiscal year is expected to be JPY 88 per share. 

Results for the Fiscal 1st Quarter Ended June 30, 2008

(*record high for the fiscal first quarter, **record high for any quarter)
  JPY (billions)
  1st Quarter ended June 30, 2007 1st Quarter ended June 30, 2008 Difference
(% change)
Net sales and other operating revenue 2,931.1 2,867.2 -63.9 (-2.2)
Operating income 221.6 221.3 -0.3 (-0.2)
Income before income taxes 218.2 235.0* +16.8 (+7.7)
Equity in income of affiliates 37.0 38.1** +1.1 (+3.2)
Net Income 166.1 179.6* +13.4 (+8.1)


Basic net income per common share JPY 91.38 JPY 98.98* +JPY 7.60 (+8.3)
(Honda's average rates: JPY 105 = U.S. dollar 1 / JPY 164 = Euro 1)


· Consolidated unit sales: The motorcycle and automobile business set all-time record unit sales for the fiscal first quarter. (Consolidated unit sales are the total of sales of finished products of Honda and its consolidated subsidiaries, and sales of parts for local production at Honda's affiliates accounted for under the equity method.)

  Motorcycles: 2.715 million units (+20.5%); the increase was due to increased sales in Asia and the “Other Region” which includes Brazil. (Unit sales of approximately 1.21 million units of Honda-brand motorcycle products are not included in the total listed above, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, because they are manufactured and sold by overseas affiliates accounted for under the equity method, but do not use any parts supplied by Honda and its consolidated subsidiaries.)

Automobiles: 962 thousand units (+1.7%); the tenth consecutive year for an increase was due to increased sales in Asia and the "Other Region" which includes Brazil.

Power Products: 1.339 million units (-12.4%); the decrease was due mainly to decreased sales in North America and Europe.

· Consolidated net sales and other operating revenue decreased to JPY 2,867.2 billion (-2.2%) due to factors including the negative currency translation effect.

· Consolidated operating income totaled JPY 221.3 billion (-0.2%), remaining at approximately the same level compared to the same quarter a year ago due to a decrease in incentives for automobile business in North America, increased profit mostly from increased automobile unit sales, and cost reduction efforts, despite the negative effect of currency exchange rates, the impact of increased raw material costs, and increases in SG&A expenses.

· Consolidated income before income taxes totaled JPY 235.0 billion (+7.7%), increasing in the fiscal first quarter for the third consecutive year.

· Equity in income of affiliates totaled JPY 38.1 billion (+3.2%), increasing in the fiscal first quarter for the ninth consecutive year and achieved an all-time record for any quarter due mainly to increased income of affiliates in China accounted for under the equity method.

· Consolidated net income totaled JPY 179.6 billion (+8.1%), increasing in the fiscal first quarter for the third consecutive year.

Forecasts for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2009

  Honda plans to sell 10.455 million units of motorcycles (+12.2%), 4.08 million units of automobiles (+3.9%) and 6.12 million units of power products (+1.0%). (Unit sales of approximately 4.85 million units of Honda-brand motorcycle products are not included in this total, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, because they are manufactured and sold by overseas affiliates accounted for under the equity method, but do not use any parts supplied by Honda and its consolidated subsidiaries.)

  Honda will conduct its business operations with target of the full year financial results forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2009 as described below with assumption of the average currency exchange rate of JPY 101 = U.S. dollar 1 (First half: JPY 103, Second half: JPY 100) and JPY 162 = Euro 1 for the entire year. (First half: JPY 165, Second half: JPY 160)



  JPY (billions)
  Year ended March 31, 2008 Forecast for year ending March 31, 2009 Difference
(% change)
Reference:
Previous forecast made on April 25, 2008
Net sales and other
operating revenue
12,002.8 12,130.0 +127.1 (+1.1%) 12,140.0
Operating income 953.1 630.0 -323.1 (-33.9%) 650.0
Income before
income taxes
895.8 660.0 -235.8 (-26.3%) 675.0
Equity in income of
affiliates
118.9 117.0 -1.9 (-1.6%) 106.0
Net Income 600.0 490.0 -110.0 (-18.3%) 490.0

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