* Q3 revenue edges up to 4.12 billion euros
* Currency wiped 4 percentage points off sales growth
* Says on track for sales of 17.8 bln-18 bln this year
* Says European demand still weak
* North American model changeovers also hurt sales
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PARIS, Oct 22 Faurecia, the French
auto parts maker owned by PSA Peugeot Citroen, said
revenue rose 0.8 percent in the third quarter as currency
effects curbed sales growth.
Revenue edged up to 4.12 billion euros ($5.7 billion),
Faurecia said in a statement on Tuesday, as a weaker dollar
against the euro compounded a lull in North American sales.
European car demand remains at a low level, Chief Financial
Officer Michel Favre told analysts and reporters on a conference
call. "We consider that the economy is still in a low pattern."
The company, based in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre,
also said U.S. sales would "continue to grow at a more moderate
pace", while reiterating its full-year earnings goals.
Faurecia, 57.4 percent-owned by Peugeot, said it was on
track for sales of between 17.8 billion and 18 billion euros
this year, as well as improved operating profit and positive
cash flow before restructuring charges.
Product sales fell 1.4 percent to 1.65 billion euros in
Europe, Faurecia's biggest region, and tumbled 13 percent in
North America as BMW introduced its new X6 sport
utility vehicle with less Faurecia content than its X5
Extended summer plant shutdowns also hurt sales as U.S.
carmakers prepared production lines for new models.
In Asia, product sales surged 21 percent to 423 million
euros, led by a 23 percent gain in China. Faurecia said its
business with Ford in the region had more than doubled.
But weakness in the dollar and other currencies reduced the
value of overseas sales and trimmed 4 percentage points off
revenue growth in the quarter, Faurecia said.
($1 = 0.7260 euros)
(Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by James Regan and David