RPT-Bridgestone 2002 seen smooth, '03 could be bumpy


(Repeat of February 18 item. Bridgestone to release 2002 results at 0600 GMT on Friday) By Daniel Hauck TOKYO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Bridgestone Corp is expected on Friday to confirm its comeback from a massive tyre recall at its Firestone unit with solid 2002 results on brisk exports and a surprising rebound by the scandal-plagued U.S. arm. And while Japan's largest tyre maker could face an uphill battle in 2003 due to a strong yen, high rubber prices and sluggish economic conditions, ...

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