Reclaiming its title as the world's No. 1 tiremaker, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. completes its global alliance with Japan's Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. and now controls Sumitomo's Dunlop tire operations in North America and Europe. The deal adds $2.5 billion in annual sales to the Akron, OH-based Goodyear, which reported 1998 sales of $12.6 billion, down from $13 billion in 1997. Net income climbed from $558 million in 1997 to $682 million last year. The agreement gives ...

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