DC profits down after merger DETROIT — DaimlerChrysler AG says its profit was up 29% before merger costs, or down 26% after costs and a special payout in 1997. The company reported a E5.2 billion (US$6.1 billion) profit before onetime costs. Merger costs totaled US$804 million. The automaker's net income including costs touched US$5.6 billion. Additionally, the company says 81,000 U.S. workers will receive an average US$7,400 profit-sharing payment, which is up 61% on 1997. Another 19,000 ...

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