of the Coventrys largest employers has announced a return to profitability.
The Peugeot Citroen group, the largest car maker in France, turned a 422m euros deficit
into a 484m euros surplus in just a year.
The annual figures announced in France include the UK operation, but figures for
individual companies within the group will not be announced until April.
The Ryton plant has announced the creation of 950 jobs for a third
shift on the new 206, which will see the factory producing 3,000 models an all time
record for the site.
Peugeot is Coventrys largest manufacturing employer, with Coventry Council
heading the jobs list.
The group hopes to put on more sales in the coming year. It sold 2.28 million in the
year to 1999 but is confident that will rise to 2.4 million despite an anticipated decline
in the European car market.
The firms results were good, but behind the 63 per cent rise announced by rivals
Renault who made 1.35bn euros.
Shares in Peugeot Citroen dropped on the Paris stock market after the results were