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Daimler to revise forecasts amid tough markets

BERLIN — German automaker Daimler AG is warning shareholders it expects 2013 to be difficult and that it may have to reassess its earnings expectations.

Chief executive Dieter Zetsche said at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday that ‘‘not much tailwind is anticipated from the markets in the coming months.’’

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Daimler in February reported 2012 net profit of $8.5 billion and forecast flat underlying earnings for 2013.

But because of the market situation, particularly in Europe, Zetsche said the company will ‘‘reassess whether its previous market-related assumptions for 2013 are still valid.’’

Further details will be provided along with first-quarter results.

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