Yonex turned around to a net profit of 948 million yen (€7.4m-$8.7m) in its first quarter ended June 30 from a loss of ¥1,279 million in the year-ago period as its sales nearly doubled to ¥16,179 million (€126.0m-$147.9m). They almost tripled in Japan and expanded by 61 percent in the rest of Asia. They declined by 5 percent in North America, due to tumbling badminton sales, and they were flat in Europe at ¥639 million (€4.98m-$5.82m). The gross margin rose sharply to 44.0 percent from 32.5 percent.