* "Small adjustments always possible" -CFO
* Expects U.S. dollar to rebound over medium term
* Q1 oper. profit hit by falling dollar, other currencies
BERLIN, May 17 German industrial gases maker
Linde is open to smaller acquisitions, Boersen-Zeitung
reported on Saturday, citing an interview with finance chief
"Our markets are by and large consolidated but smaller
adjustments are always possible from time to time," the
newspaper quoted Denoke as saying.
"One will have to see what's feasible, who may be willing to
spin off business, for instance smaller family-owned companies,"
the CFO was quoted as saying.
Two years ago, the Munich-based company, which competes for
market leadership with France's Air Liquide, completed
a multi-billion euro purchase of U.S.'s Lincare Holdings
Denoke also said he expected the dollar to rebound over the
medium term on higher U.S. interest rates. Linde's first-quarter
operating profit fell about 3 percent to 927 million euros
($1.27 billion) as the dollar and emerging market currencies
fell against the euro.
($1 = 0.7297 Euros)
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer, editing by William Hardy)