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Toyota China sales tumble in October, hit by islands row

The Toyota logo is seen outside a Japan's Toyota Motor Corp car dealership in Hoenheim near Strasbourg, eastern France October 10, 2012. REU
The Toyota logo is seen outside a Japan's Toyota Motor Corp car dealership in Hoenheim near Strasbourg, eastern France October 10, 2012. REU

BEIJING (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp's <7203.T> sales in China fell 44 percent in October from a year earlier as the Japanese auto maker remains pressured under the impact of a territorial row between the two countries.

Toyota said on Thursday it and its two local joint-venture partners sold a total of about 45,600 cars. The year-on-year decline followed a nearly 50 percent slide it saw in September.

Violent protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese products broke out across China in mid-September after Japan nationalized two of the East China Sea islands, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and the Senkaku in Japanese, by purchasing then from their private owners.

For the first 10 months of this year, Toyota's auto sales totaled about 685,900 vehicles, down 1 percent from the same period last year, according to the company.

(Reporting By Norihiko Shirouzu; Editing by Kazunori Takada)

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