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Dura Automotive Systems Inc., parent of RV industry supplier firm Atwood Mobile Products, believes its third and fourth quarter earnings will be negatively impacted by the softness in the RV market.

Dura, a Nasdaq-listed company, believes its third quarter earnings will end up 23% below Wall Street’s original consensus estimate of 75 cents a share, and that its fourth quarter earnings will fall 10% below the original consensus estimate of $1.25 a share.

However, the company sees “limited potential for recovery of the RV market” in 2001.

The weakness of European currencies and production cuts related to the Firestone tire recall on Ford Explorer and Ranger SUVs provided the other explanations for Dura’s lower third and fourth earnings estimates, according to the company.