Daimler open to selling EADS stake some day - CEO


FRANKFURT, Dec 21 (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler has not ruled out selling its stake in aerospace group EADS at some stage, outgoing Chief Executive Juergen Schrempp was quoted as saying on Wednesday, but he saw no reason to do so.

"I am sure that we will look at this in the years ahead and always review the interests of our shareholders and the political situation," Schrempp told German news agency dpa.

A company spokesman confirmed Schrempp had made the comment but added no decision on a sale had been made.

The German carmaker controls just over 30 percent of EADS and has said in the past it intended to hold on to the non-strategic stake at least for the medium term, noting it was a steady contributor to group operating profit.

Schrempp, who leaves Daimler at year's end and thus has no influence over any sale of the stake, was one of the architects of creating Airbus parent EADS as a pan-European group.

His departure fuelled speculation that incoming CEO Dieter Zetsche might be less attached to the business, but any sale is fraught with political significance given efforts to balance French and German interests in EADS.

The stake is worth nearly 8 billion euros ($9.51 billion).



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