A1: Sales in China in the first quarter were up 15% year on year, which was above our expectations. We have not changed our forecast for the full fiscal year, but we are expecting that recent sales growth will continue.
In North America, sales were weak in the first quarter of the previous fiscal year because of a reaction to a surge in shipments near the end of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. However, there was no surge in March this year, and sales this fiscal year were favorable. We have not changed our outlook for the full fiscal year.
In Europe, sales in the first quarter were below the level of the previous year, but sales in the year before last were quite favorable and rose 23% year on year. In contrast, sales last year decreased slightly, and this time were below those of the previous year, but we do not regard this as a bad level for sales.
As regards changes in sales conditions since last year, as of April this year, we had reached agreement with our dealers, but we believe it will require a little more time for this to be fully permeate the system.
Japan and other regions reported performance as expected.