4 Consumer Stock Stories For Tuesday Scrutiny

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Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM): Current price $112.90

The biggest automaker in Japan has said that it does not expect sales in China to fully recover before the autumn of 2013, as residual from the territorial dispute still rankles among that country’s consumers toward Japanese brands. Toyota’s China chief Hiroji Onishi told reporters in Shanghai, “Our original expectation was for sales to come back in half a year, but now our plan is to push harder after our new product introductions in the fall. We’ll be focusing more on inland areas and also the younger generation.” Toyota is showcasing 52 models at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, including two China-specific world premieres, as it attempts to reverse its first annual sales decline in China in at least 10 years.

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The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS): Current price $62.30

Tokyo Disney Resort’s operator Oriental Land is on track for profits of $804 million for the year up to March 31, as it commences its 30-year anniversary celebrations.  The twin Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea resorts attracted a record 27.5 million visitors during the year, while  new additions like the $116 million Toy Story Mania! attraction lured the crowds.

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Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL): Current price $170.11

The corporation will pay over $1.6 million to resolve a criminal and civil inquiry into allegations that one of its subsidiaries bribed government officials in Argentina. United States authorities agreed not to prosecute the firm after allegations appeared that it bribed Argentinian customs officials so as to clear merchandise, some of which was prohibited, according to the Justice Department. Ralph Lauren was said to have gotten lenient treatment from its “extensive” cooperation in the investigation, new anti-bribery training for its employees, and a global risk assessment it ran, along with other remedial measures. The company will pay an $882,000 fine to the Department and disgorge over $730,000 in illicit profits and interest to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Current price $29.81

GM expects to add four new factories over the next three years in China, to bring its output capacity to 5 million vehicles per year, reported the chief of GM China, Bob Socia, at the Shanghai auto show. Socia said on Saturday that his company and its joint venture partners will invest $11 billion in China by 2016, but did not specify the cost of the new plants. However, he did indicate that the new facilities will boost GM’s manufacturing capacity by 30 percent and create 6,000 jobs. Beyond that, GM plans 17 new or refreshed models for China in 2013. By 2015, the automaker said that it expects to have around 5,100 dealers in the country.

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