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Net profit down 19 pct at scandal-hit VW in 1st quarter

  • FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo a Golf Volkswagen car is presented to media inside a delivery tower prior to the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its first quarter earnings on May, 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

    FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo a Golf Volkswagen car is presented to media inside a delivery tower prior to the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its first quarter earnings on May, 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller attends the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its first quarter earnings on May, 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

    FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller attends the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its first quarter earnings on May, 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo a Golf Volkswagen car is presented to media inside a delivery tower prior to the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its first quarter earnings on May, 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

    FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo a Golf Volkswagen car is presented to media inside a delivery tower prior to the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its first quarter earnings on May, 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)  (The Associated Press)

Volkswagen saw net profit fall 19 percent in the first quarter as it struggled to deal with a scandal over cars equipped to cheat in diesel emissions tests.

The company also faced plummeting sales in Russia and Brazil due to troubled economies there.

Profits for the first three months of the year fell to 2.37 billion euros ($2.63 billion) from 2.93 billion euros a year earlier. Revenue fell 3.4 percent due to lower unit sales and to exchange rate effects.

Volkswagen faces heavy costs for recalls and fixes to cars with engine-control software that evaded emissions tests.

CEO Matthias Mueller said in a statement Tuesday that the company "managed to limit the economic effects of the diesel issue and achieve respectable results under difficult conditions."