Rolls-Royce said last week that it posted £1.78 billion ($3.3 billion) in underlying sales in civil aerospace engines and aftermarket services in the first half of 2006, up 6% from £1.68 billion for the first half of 2005. Civil aerospace profits rose 23% to £246 million in the year's first six months but engine unit deliveries dropped 6.6% to 412 "as a result of the anticipated slowdown in demand for 50-seat regional aircraft," according to Rolls (ATWOnline, May 31). Overall, ...

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