Honda sees 68% drop in annual profit due to coronavirus

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TOKYO, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co 7267.T on Wednesday forecast a 68% fall in annual operating profit as it anticipates a hit from falling sales as demand for cars has plunged due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan's No. 3 automaker expects profit to sink to 200 billion yen ($1.89 billion) in the year to end-March 2021, worse than a consensus mean estimate of 260 billion yen in profit from 19 analysts polled by Refinitiv.

Honda's outlook comes after it posted a 113.7 billion yen operating loss for the April-June quarter, stung by weak car sales.

(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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