UPDATE 2-Bridgestone net doubles but sees fire hurting in 04

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(Updates with president comments, details) By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia auto correspondent TOKYO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Top Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone Corp reported a doubling in net profit in 2003 on Friday but forecast a decline this year citing a strong yen, higher rubber prices and a fire-induced output reduction. The results were better than Bridgestone's typically conservative forecasts, which were lowered in September after a fire, ablaze for two days, destroyed 165,000 tyres and ...

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