I apologize for all the business posts but it seems like we can't argue with the fiscal calendar. All those Bangle haters out there may not be buying bimmers but someone is purchasing enough X3 SUVs and 6 series coupes to push profits up 18 percent. The new 5-series is also selling well. BMW is doing much better than the aging line-up from Mercedes-Benz that saw operating earnings (not net earnings-meaning they're actually doing even worse) fall 18 percent. We'll see what happens when the new Benz line-up starts to hit the streets. 2005 could see a reversal in fortune.