After sketchily postponing the release of their earnings report by a few days, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the largest North American tire manufacturer, announced that they are in the midst of a nice turnaround. Its first quarter loss was narrowed by more than half to almost $77 million as sales lifted 21 percent, from $3.5 billion to almost $4.3 billion. The reported cause: people buying more Goodyear tires.

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