Filed under: Japan , Lexus , Scion , Toyota , Earnings/Financials Toyota earned $9.3 billion in net income in the financial year that ends next month. The number beats earlier forecasts and marks a five-year high for the automaker, with both operating income and revenue up by 9.5 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. Toyota saw quarterly profit enjoy a year-on-year jump of 23.4 percent, with the manufacturer earning more than $1 billion between October and December 2012. The good news comes in spite of the fact that the Japanese automaker actually endured an operating loss in North America, due in part to legal fees. Toyota is set to pay more than $1 billion to owners who claim their vehicles decreased in value as a result of the company’s recent spate of recalls. Even so, all three of the automaker’s brands enjoyed a 13.5 percent sales increase in the US in the last quarter, beating the industry average. Toyota faltered in Europe, however, where it earned $99 million in operating profit last year, compared to $111 million in 2011. You can take a closer look at the company’s full press release below for more information. Continue reading Toyota profits up 23% on high US sales, despite mounting legal costs Toyota profits up 23% on high US sales, despite mounting legal costs originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .