BMW AG reports its third-quarter net profit rose 2.8% to €445 million ($508 million) vs. year-ago’s €433 million ($494 million). However, overall group revenue slipped 0.3% to €9.945 billion ($11.4 billion), a result of weak motorcycle sales. Automobile sales climbed 3.2% in the period, to 270,439 units. Sales of the BMW 5-Series, of which the newly redesigned ’04 model went on sale during the quarter, jumped 30.9% to 50,161 units. Sales were mixed for the rest of the BMW ...

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