EARNINGS : German Car Makers Post Gains

<i> From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports</i>

Two of West Germany’s leading car makers, Daimler-Benz AG and Volkswagen AG, today reported higher profits for the first half of 1990 despite a weaker auto market.

At a time when many auto makers are seeing their earnings squeezed, Daimler and VW both managed good interim results.

Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, said its first-half group net profit rose 1.3%, to $535 million, from $528 million in the same 1989 period. Sales for the half year rose 5.3%.


The company said it expects to reach its full-year sales target of $54 billion. But it added that the mark’s recent strong gains against the dollar and the yen are having an adverse effect on results.

Volkswagen said its group net profit rose 6.2%, to $273 million, in the first six months of 1990, while sales rose 4.3%, to $22.44 billion.