Volkswagen AG says its net profit fell 51% to €217 million ($253 million) in the third quarter, versus €439 million ($512 million) in like-2002. Overall sales fell 0.4% to 1.24 million units. Europe’s largest auto maker blames the decline on the strength of the euro vs. the dollar as well as increased expenditures for the launch of several new models, including the Golf. Vehicle sales in VW’s home market, Germany, were off 3.8% during the quarter to 213,000 units, while year-to-date ...

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