UPDATE 1-Volvo Q3 pretax beats consensus, outlook better


(Adds detail, background) STOCKHOLM, Oct 25 (Reuters) - World number two truck maker Volvo reported third-quarter pretax earnings ahead of market expectations on Tuesday and increased its outlook for its key markets this year, but said markets in 2006 would be flat. Pretax profit of 4.02 billion Swedish crowns ($503 million) beat the average forecast of 3.85 billion in a Reuters poll of 17 analysts and a year-ago 1.52 billion. Last year's earnings were hit by a 1.31 billion writedown of ...

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