Global sales down at Toyota, Honda, Nissan

Japan's big three automakers Toyota, Honda and Nissan have reported falling global sales for April, especially in China.

Toyota Motor shifted about 797,000 units. That's down 0.5 percent from a year ago.

Sales at Honda fell 1.8 percent. And Nissan's plunged 5.7 percent.

Trade was brisk in Europe and some other markets. But the automakers struggled in China, where the transition to electric vehicles gathers pace.

Japanese manufacturers are now reviewing their strategies in the world's largest auto market.

Officials at Honda recently said they want workers at a joint venture to voluntarily resign. They also announced plans to launch an EV factory in the country this year.

Some of the other Japanese makers fared better.

Year-on-year growth was 1.4 percent at Mazda, 7.9 percent at Subaru, and 9.9 percent at Suzuki.

But Mitsubishi slid 5.3 percent. And Daihatsu, 33.8 percent.