ThyssenKrupp denies report on possible sale of automotive unit

BERLIN (Reuters) -- German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp has denied a magazine report that it is preparing to sell its automotive division.

Weekly magazine Focus said in an advance release of an article published in Monday's edition that ThyssenKrupp, struggling with billions of euros of debt and a money-losing Steel Americas business, had asked potential investors for indicative offers for its automotive operations.

"That's nonsense," a spokeswoman at the company told Reuters on Sunday. "We want to develop the business further strategically."

Last year, ThyssenKrupp sold its Tailored Blanks unit, then market leader in laser-welded blanks for the automotive industry, to Chinese peer Wuhan Iron and Steel.

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