Automobile companies have seen profits down since the beginning of this year despite robust car sales in the domestic market. (Photo: infonet.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Automobile companies have seen profits down since the beginning of this year despite robust car sales in the domestic market.

Five listed auto companies on the two stock exchanges reported combined profits of 271 billion VND (12.2 million USD) in the first half of 2016, a drop of 56.4 percent from the same period last year.

Four of the five reported lower profits in the first six months, with Hoang Huy Investment Services Co (HHS) posting the largest year-on-year decline of 75.6 percent, down from 336 billion VND in 2015 to 82 billion VND in 2016.

TMT Motors Corporation (TMT) also saw its profits fall significantly to 47 billion VND in the first six months of this year, down 66 percent year-on-year.

First-half profits of two other companies, Trường Long Auto & Technology Co (HTL) and Saigon General Service Corp (SVC), were also down 36.3 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.

Only Hang Xanh Motors Service Co (HAX) saw its six-month profits inch up 2.1 percent to reach 33.4 billion VND.

Hoang Huy explained that the company was focusing its investments on manufacturing new products, while other firms said higher discounts offered to their dealers pushed up sales costs.

According to the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association (VAMA), car sales grew 31 percent in the first half of 2016.

The high increase was attributed to strong purchasing demand ahead of the adjustment in special consumption tax on cars, which went into effect on July 1, 2016.

Along with slumps in profits, share prices of most automobile companies have tumbled between 10 and 44 percent, except for the shares of Hàng Xanh Co (HAX), which rose 8 percent since the beginning of the year.-VNA