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AUSTRIA

Court says e-cigs different from other tobacco products

04 Aug 2015. A change in tobacco laws to restrict sales of most e-cigarette products to licensed tobacconists was blocked by a constitutional court that said vaping paraphernalia are different from other tobacco goods, Reuters said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

BAT to close litigation archive

03 Aug 2015. British American Tobacco (BAT) will close the Guildford Depository, an archive located near London created as part of a US legal settlement, and move the contents to a long-term storage facility, the company said.
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RUSSIA

JT to shutter Moscow factory in 2016

03 Aug 2015. Japan Tobacco (JT) will close its Moscow cigarette factory and make 573 workers redundant in response to falling sales in Russia, the company said.
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JAPAN

JT to accelerate JTI investment in second half

03 Aug 2015. Japan Tobacco (JT) will boost investment in the brands, markets and products of its international subsidiary in the second half of 2015, the company said.
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Exchange rates hammer JTI earnings

03 Aug 2015. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) adjusted operating profit plummeted nearly 21 per cent to USD 889 million (EUR 809 million) in the second quarter due to strength of the US dollar against world currencies, the company said.
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UNITED STATES

PM USA Marlboro volume rises 3 per cent

29 Jul 2015. Shipments of Philip Morris USA’s flagship Marlboro brand rose 3 per cent to 28.5 billion sticks in the second quarter as the cigarette increased its market share 30 basis points to 44.2 per cent, Altria said.
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RAI raises earnings forecast after Lorillard takeover

29 Jul 2015. Reynolds American (RAI) profit this year will be higher than initially forecast following acquisition of Lorillard and its flagship Newport menthol brand, the company said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

BAT earnings hit by currency movements

29 Jul 2015. British American Tobacco (BAT) operating profit in the first half of 2015 fell 4.6 per cent due to expected adverse movements in foreign exchange rates but performance for the rest of the year should improve, the company said.
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GHANA

Tobacco product levy hiked

28 Jul 2015. Parliament raised excise duty on tobacco products to 170 per cent of the ex-factory price from 150 per cent primarily to reduce consumption, the government said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

Union may strike over Essentra plant closure

27 Jul 2015. Workers at the Essentra filter manufacturing plant in Jarrow may strike to save as many as 220 jobs at the facility that could be closed by the end of the year, the Shields Gazette said.
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