Bridgestone's 04 pretax profit seen down 13%-paper


TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Bridgestone Corp , Japan's biggest tyre maker, will likely see its pretax profit sink 13 percent in the year to December 2004, hurt by the strong yen and higher basic materials costs, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun said. Bridgestone's pretax profit for the next business year is expected to be around 130 billion yen ($1.21 billion), the business daily said in its Saturday morning edition. Production cuts caused by a fire at one of its big Japanese plants are expected ...

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