UPDATE 3-Nissan sees profit gains on vehicle sales growth, cost cuts
* Nissan sees operating profit up 15 pct to 675 bln yen
* Forecast short of analysts' consensus estimate of 690 bln yen
* Vehicles sales in China, U.S., Europe to help drive growth
* Ghosn silent on move by France to increase Renault influence (Adds Ghosn comment from interview on China)
By Chang-Ran Kim
YOKOHAMA, Japan, May 13 (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co , Japan's second-biggest automaker, said it expects operating profit to climb 15 percent this financial year, forecasting vehicle sales growth in most regions and promising large cost cuts.
That follows robust earnings in the year just ended thanks to big currency gains and the popularity of its Rogue crossover SUV and other models in the United States.
It predicted currencies will work against it this year but plans to beat expected flat industry-wide vehicles sales with growth of around 5-6 percent in China, the United States and Europe. Cost cuts are set to add a hefty 110 billion yen ($920 million) to profit.
Nissan, 43.4 percent owned by France's Renault SA, forecast operating profit of 675 billion yen - 2 percent less than a market consensus estimate, due in part to the automaker's conservative exchange rate assumptions. Continuación...