Continental says to pay 2002 dividend

FRANKFURT, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Tyre maker Continental said on Thursday it would pay a dividend in its full year despite warning that its 2002 net income could be weighed by pension underfunding costs.

"We will be able to pay a dividend," said a spokesman for the company, which last year posted a net loss and did not pay a dividend. The company earlier posted nine-month core earnings which beat analysts' expectations.