The Moscow automaker ZIL's net loss increased by 9.3 percent in the first quarter of 2003 against the same period of 2002 and amounted to nearly RUR318.26m (about $10.36m). ZIL's earnings came to some RUR814.39m ($26.52m) in the first quarter of 2003 against RUR773.43m ($25.19m) in the same period of 2002. The company's product cost was RUR1.33bn ($43.3m) against 976.79m ($31.81m) in the first three months of 2002. In the first quarter of 2003, the automaker's accounts payable grew from RUR6.29bn ($204.83m) to RUR6.6bn ($214.92m).
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