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Volkswagen delays publishing results

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Volkswagen says it will not release its results nor hold its shareholders' meeting on time, as it needs more time to work out its accounts as a result of last year's emissions crisis.

The company was due to release results on 10 March and hold its shareholders' meeting towards the end of April.

It has not said by how much these events will be delayed.

It says results will be about the same as in 2014, although the cost of the crisis will eat into those.

It said it was working on "valuation calculations".

Sales in VW-branded cars dipped last year after the scandal - which affected 11 million cars - came to light in September. Deliveries fell 5.3% in October, 2.4% in November and 7.9% in December compared with those months in 2014.

It was its first drop in VW-branded sales in 11 years as the company continues to cope with the emissions scandal.

VW has promised it will have a fix in the coming weeks for the millions of US cars with defeat devices that disguised emission levels in diesel cars.

Sales of VW-brand cars fell 4.8% in 2015 to 5.82 million cars from 6.12 million a year earlier.

The US Environmental Protection Agency is suing the company over what it says were 600,000 affected vehicles and a US law firm is conducting an investigation into who made the decisions to cheat.

Volkswagen says it is sticking to its plan to publish the findings of its investigation into the scandal in the second half of April.

Results from Porsche, which is owned by Volkswagen, are also being delayed.

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