(Adds details, background, stock price) FRANKFURT, March 21 (Reuters) - German automotive and defence group Rheinmetall reported a 6 percent rise in 2004 earnings on Monday despite lower sales, but the result lagged the consensus forecast. Earnings before interest and taxes increased to 217 million euros ($286.6 million), which was lower than the consensus estimate of 224 million euros in a Reuters poll of 11 analysts. The company, which builds the "Fox" military reconnaissance vehicle ...
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