PARIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Europe's biggest tyre maker Michelin posted a forecast-beating 18 percent rise in 2002 operating profit on Tuesday as price increases and cost cuts help it resist a grim markets and a weak U.S. dollar. The French firm said net profit rose 96 percent to 580.8 million euros compared to 296 million in 2001, or 614.5 million euros before minority interests versus 313.9 billion. The sharp rise was driven by lower interest and tax charges than in 2001, and an ...
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