UPDATE 3-Bridgestone says fire to cut 2003 profit by 2.5%


(Adds details, president, analyst comments) By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia auto correspondent TOKYO, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Top Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone Corp said on Wednesday damage from a recent fire at one of its plants in Japan would shave 2.5 percent off its net profit this year and continue to hurt earnings next year. The news comes less than two months after the company raised its annual profit forecasts for the second time in as many months, citing brisk tyre sales overseas. The ...

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