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Subaru's profit seen flattened by rising US competition

Higher costs to stunt growth at operating level this fiscal year

A stronger yen last fiscal year crimped export margins on Subaru cars made in Japan, as here at the company's Gunma works, northwest of Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Subaru appears likely to log zero growth in operating profit this fiscal year, as higher sales incentives and other costs in the increasingly competitive U.S. market squeeze the Japanese automaker's margins.

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