The United States has not scheduled talks with the Taliban, the State Department said Wednesday, after reports that discussions with the Afghan insurgent group could begin this week in Qatar.
Moody's lowers credit outlook on Yamaha Motor
Jakarta has issued new regulations requiring a minimum down payment for motorcycle purchases, which may result in lower sales and put pressure on Yamaha's balance sheet, the global ratings agency said.
"Moody's expects Indonesian motorcycle sales to decline substantially as a result of new regulations implemented by Indonesia's central bank and ministry of finance," it said, adding "a (ratings) downgrade is also possible".
The Indonesian motorcycle market accounts for about 45 percent of Yamaha Motor's global sales, it said, adding the country's two-wheeler sales were forecast to drop 19 percent in 2012 from the eight million units sold in 2011.
"Overall, Moody's does not expect earnings from other regions and business segments to fully offset the decline in Indonesian motorcycles."
However the agency also said Yamaha's global market position remains strong, supporting its decision to keep the firm's A3 credit rating unchanged.
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