UPDATE 3-Mercedes tarnishes DaimlerChrysler's profit gain


(Recasts with conference call, adds market reaction) By Michael Shields, European Auto Correspondent FRANKFURT, Oct 28 (Reuters) - An earnings stumble at DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes flagship tarnished higher profits at the world's fifth-biggest automaker on Thursday and stoked questions about the loss-making Smart compact's future. Third-quarter operating profit at the German-American group rose 7 percent to 1.3 billion euros ($1.65 billion), just below analysts' expectations, thanks to ...

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