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Cooper suffers double-digit earnings decline

Findlay, Ohio – Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. suffered double-digit drops in operating and net income for the quarter ended 31 March 31, reflecting lower unit volume and costs associated with reduced manufacturing, the company said.

Operating income dropped 54.4% to $26.5 million on 6.5-percent lower sales of $601.5 million, cutting the operating margin nearly five%age points to 4.4%. Net income fell 72.9% to $8.29 million.

President and CEO Brad Hughes said Cooper expects its performance in the months ahead to be “choppy” as the tire business…

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