STOCKHOLM, July 15 SKF (SKFb.ST), the world's top bearings maker, posted second-quarter earnings that were close to forecast on Friday and said it expected slightly higher demand in the third quarter.
Pretax earnings at SKF rose to 2.45 billion crowms ($379 million) from a year-ago 2.05 billion to be close to the mean forecast of 2.46 billion seen in a Reuters poll of 18 analysts.
SKF said it expected demand in the third quarter to be slightly higher for the group as well as in the North American market as a whole.
"It is expected to be relatively unchanged for Europe, higher in Asia and significantly higher in Latin America." (Reporting by Patrick Lannin)
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