VIENNA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Austrian hydraulic lifting systems maker Palfinger said on Monday first-half operating profit rose just two percent as its North American and German markets weakened. Palfinger, which makes loading platforms and truck cranes, said earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were 15.4 million euros compared to 15.1 million in the first six months of 2002. Sales rose 0.6 percent year-on-year to 166.8 million euros.
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