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BMW preliminary Q1 profit before tax surges 370%

FRANKFURT, April 19 (Reuters) - BMW said on Monday that earnings before tax in the first quarter rose a preliminary 370%.

The carmaker, citing strong sales growth in all regions and especially China, said group earnings before tax was 3.76 billion euros ($4.53 billion), up from 798 million a year earlier.

$1 = 0.8306 euros Reporting by Tom Sims and Ilona Wissenbach Editing by Chris Reese

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