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May 15, 1999

* Honda Motor Co. said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit unexpectedly rose as a surge in U.S. sales of profitable models offset lower revenue in Asia and Europe, but it warned that earnings could stall because of a stronger yen. Honda's group profit from operations grew 4.3% to $843 million from $808 million a year earlier. Analysts expected a 5.5% decline. Sales fell 2.9% to $13.1 billion.

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