During a presentation to analysts and journalists today, DaimlerChrysler CFO Bodo Uebber refused to rule out the sale or spinoff of its unprofitable Chrysler group.

"We don’t exclude anything here," including structural changes, Uebber said during his third-quarter earnings teleconference today. "We will do our analysis. Second, we will talk about measures. And third, we will draw our conclusions."

When he was asked if the Chrysler group is for sale he said: "I don’t do any speculation."

Chrysler group losses dragged down DaimlerChrysler’s third-quarter financial results. The Chrysler group lost $1.47 billion, down from a $393 million profit for the same period a year ago.

The company predicts Chrysler will lose $1.2 billion in 2006. DaimlerChrysler posted quarterly net income of $680 million and projects a companywide operating-profit target of $6.29 billion for the full year.

The Chrysler group’s loss overshadowed a rebound at the Mercedes Car Group, whose quarterly operating profit rose to $1.24 billion.

Source: Automotive News

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