American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AXL) today reported third quarter 2000 earnings of $24.2 million or 48 cents per share on a diluted basis, which met consensus estimates. This compared to the $25.4 million or 50 cents per share reported during the same period of the prior year. The company reported that its earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2000 increased 18% to $104.3 million or $2.08 per share on a diluted basis as compared to $88.1 million and earnings per share of $1.78 for the year earlier period.