TOKYO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Top Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone Corp. posted on Friday a 7.9 percent rise in 2004 operating profit and forecast a drop this year due to pressure from higher raw material prices. Operating profit for the year to Dec. 31 was 197.7 billion yen ($1.87 billion), exceeding the company's projection of 185 billion yen but falling short of an average forecast of 200.43 billion yen in a survey of 12 brokerages by Reuters Estimates. Net profit rose 29 percent to 114.45 ...
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