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Daimler's New Leaders Confront Old Issues as Diesel Bites

  • Shares slump, carmaker issues third profit warning in a year
  • Daimler blames past diesel troubles, sees EBIT flat on 2018
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Daimler’s latest guidance cut marks a bumpy start for new CEO Ola Kallenius. Bloomberg’s Oliver Sachgau reports. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Just one month into the job, Daimler AG’s new executive duo is unearthing skeletons from the diesel-scandal era, hobbling the move toward an electric future with a crisis that erupted almost four years ago.

After previously promising a slight earnings gain for 2019, operating profit this year will fail to grow, Daimler said late Sunday in its third downgrade in a year. The company blamed proceedings around allegations of emissions tampering in diesel cars for the more muted outlook, which required higher provisions to account for recalls. The stock fell as much as 5.1%, almost erasing the gain that Daimler had built up since the start of the year.