Raba Rt of Hungary has affirmed its status as the leading producer in the bus-and-truck sector in Eastern Europe, absorbing a heavy tab for repurchasing shares and restructuring operations to post its tenth-straight year of profit in 2000. After-tax profit rose 22.5% to HUF3.461bn in 2000 from HUF2.825bn in 1999, while consolidated net sales rose 37.3% to HUF64.721bn from HUF47.147bn, the company said in a statement on 13 February 2001.