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Despite weak auto sales in the domestic market, Suzuki Motor Co. announced Tuesday that it has managed to post a pretax profit of 14.9 billion yen in the first half of the 1997 business year, up 23.42 percent from a year earlier.

Its net sales in the April to September period grew 0.5 percent to 586.3 billion yen, but its operating profit dropped 3.5 percent to 14.9 billion yen because of increased costs for sales activities, the company said.

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