Imperial Tobacco sees profits light up

Cigarette maker Imperial Tobacco posted decent full year results, with a good performance in the UK despite a decline in volume, and further efficiency gains across the business aiding performance.

Morningstar.co.uk Editors 31 October, 2006 | 12:42PM
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Imperial, the world fourth biggest cigarette maker, revealed an 8% increase in full year pretax profits to £1.17bn. Total revenue rose 4% to £11.67bn with revenue less duty edging ahead 1% to £3.16bn. Cigarette volume increased 7% to nearly 187bn

Adjusted earnings per share increased 9% to 122.2p and there is a final dividend of 43.5p, giving a total of 62p for the full year, up 11% on last times.

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