North American suppliers and their original equipment partners seem to agree that they have at least three years left in the current strong auto market. But OEs remain more optimistic about their prospects, while supplier executives report serious concerns over cost pressures and the resulting effects on profitability. The 66 suppliers tracked in the earnings portion of the Ward’s Supplier Index closed out 1999 with sales up 14.9% and earnings up 24% overall. The Index is a 65-member, ...

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