Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles a record breaking performance in North America. Sophia, Chrysler drive up on operating profit in the third quarter The Italian American car maker posted earnings before interest and tax of $2.7 billion from July to September, way ahead of analyst forecasts. On Wednesday, CEO Mike Manley credited the results to a strong performance in North America were operating profit rose 26% to $3 billion. That covered losses made in other regions Andi at its Maserati unit. The update comes the same week it was reported the use close to approving a $38 billion merger between Fiat, Chrysler and P S, a group parent of Persia and other brands. Pizza said Wednesday it also saw some upturn in the third quarter. The French firms overall sales came to $18.3 billion in July to September, slightly down on the year before, But automotive revenue rose 1.2% to $14 billion after ending the first half of the year, down more than 35%. The results mean that both Fiat, Chrysler and P S A bounced back from an industry wide route seen in the first half of the year. However, Pierce A shares were down 3% in morning trade as French stocks were broadly hit by the prospect of new national restrictions.