European Automakers Likely to Sputter in '05

O'Leary, Christopher
April 2005
Investment Dealers' Digest;4/4/2005, Vol. 71 Issue 13, p30
Trade Publication
The article discusses the prospects of the European automobile manufacturers in 2005. The year is going to be a miserable year for almost all the major European auto manufacturers, with customer demand expected to crater while increased price competition and currency-related volatility eat away at most automakers' bottom lines. The financial flexibility of European automakers still remains an issue for some bond investors, as the profit margins of all European car makers will be severely tested this year. Price competition among their ranks will deepen the damage caused by increases in raw materials like steel and energy.


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