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Profits at tire maker Bridgestone Corp. nearly doubled in the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31 as sales rose in Europe and payments related to a massive U.S. tire recall three years ago declined.

Tokyo-based Bridgestone reported group net profit of 88.7 billion yen Friday, up 96 percent from 45.3 billion yen the previous year. Sales rose 2 percent to 2.3 trillion yen from 2.25 trillion yen.

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