UPDATE 3-Michelin profits beat forecasts, shares gain

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(Adds detail, quotes throughout from news conference) By Rebecca Harrison PARIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Europe's biggest tyre maker Michelin posted a forecast-beating 18 percent rise in 2002 operating profit on Tuesday as price increases and cost cuts helped it resist grim markets and a weak U.S. dollar. The French firm was cautious on the year ahead, declining to give firm forecasts and betting on stable tyre markets with a risk of waning demand. But investors cheered the profit figures, ...

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