German auto-maker BMW recorded a first-half net profit rise of 67 per cent, says Bridgenews (18/8/00). For the period from January to June net profit was $NZ650 million, the highest half-year surplus in the company`s history. Worldwide deliveries rose almost 9 per cent to 421,000 units, while sales rose 15 per cent to a record 18.825 billion euro, says the report.