There were few surprises when DaimlerChrysler AG reported third quarter earnings Thursday that largely mirrored the warning issued a month ago that the Chrysler Group would take a beating (see Ward's Automotive Reports — Oct. 2, '00, p.3). The expectation was an operating loss of $528 million. The reality: a loss of $512 million, in sharp contrast to like-1999's $1 billion profit. The Chrysler Group performance was a black eye in a quarter that saw overall corporate revenues increase 8% ...

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