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UNITED STATES

PM USA volume dips 2.5 per cent

24 Apr 2014. Philip Morris USA volume dropped 2.5 per cent in the first quarter and its flagship Marlboro brand by about the same due to general industry decline and shifts in trade inventories, said parent company Altria Group.
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FDA to publish proposed e-cig rules

24 Apr 2014. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today will publish its long awaited proposal to expand tobacco regulatory powers to include e-cigarettes, a set of rules that allow flavours and mandate product registration, various media report.
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JAPAN

Japan Tobacco fiscal-year domestic volume rises

24 Apr 2014. Japan Tobacco (JT) cigarette sales volume in its home market rose 3.3 per cent to 120.1 billion units in the fiscal year ended 31 March as smokers laid in supplies ahead of an increase in the value-added tax, the company said.
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JTI volume falls 5.4 per cent

24 Apr 2014. Cigarette shipment volume at Japan Tobacco International fell 5.4 per cent in the business quarter to 31 March, with most of the decline occurring in Russia and former Soviet republics, the company said.
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UNITED STATES

RJR volume down 3.8 per cent

23 Apr 2014. RJ Reynolds Tobacco volume declined 3.8 per cent in the first quarter, more than the 2.7 per cent drop for the cigarette industry as a whole, said parent company Reynolds American (RAI).
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ASIA

World Tobacco shifts Asia expo venue to Singapore

23 Apr 2014. World Tobacco Asia 2014 has been moved to Singapore from Indonesia and will be held as originally scheduled from 12-14 November, organisers said.
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UNITED STATES

Victory Electronic Cigarettes pays USD 50 mln for VIP

22 Apr 2014. Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corp, which calls itself the world’s largest independent e-cigarette company, said it paid more than USD 50 million (EUR 36 million) for VIP of the United Kingdom.
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PMI sales and volume drop

22 Apr 2014. Philip Morris International (PMI) revenue fell nearly 9 per cent in the first quarter as unfavourable currency exchange rates reduced dollar-denominated sales. The company said it shipped nine billion fewer cigarettes.
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WORLD

WTO to rule on plain-pack panel in April

17 Apr 2014. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 25 April will hear two requests for an arbitration panel to decide whether Australian plain-packaging requirements for tobacco products violate international trade rules, Agence-France Presse reported.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Imperial to shutter two cigarette factories

15 Apr 2014. Imperial Tobacco will close two European cigarette factories over the next two years to boost competitiveness in a market where volume is declining, the company said.
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