(Adds details, analyst comment and byline) By Poornima Gupta DETROIT, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Car dealer Sonic Automotive Inc. said on Tuesday fourth-quarter earnings rose 43 percent, boosted by improved margins and reduced costs, and expects 2006 earnings to come in higher than Wall Street estimates. The Charlotte, North Carolina, company said net profit rose to $20.9 million, or 48 cents, from $14.6 million, or 35 cents per share, last year. Earnings from continuing operations increased ...
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