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Imperial Tobacco 1Q Good Despite Weak Economy

LONDON -Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (IMT.LN) said Tuesday it has made a good start to the year despite a weak economic environment and hit out at the U.K. government’s latest proposals to strip cigarette packaging of logos and branding.

The world’s fourth-largest global tobacco group by sales said in its first-quarter trading update that its performance and financial position in the financial year to date is in line with management expectations.

The maker of Davidoff, Gauloises Blondes, Gitanes Blondes and JPS cigarettes said it had increased prices across its portfolio in the U.K., Spain and France since the start of the year. Price increases are essential in mature markets, where volumes are either in long-term decline or at best flat.

Imperial could face a tough time in its home U.K. market if government plans to cut smoking by half over the next 10 years succeed. As well as measures to end vending machine sales and tighten up restrictions in underage selling, the government said Monday it was also looking at banning logos and color from cigarette packaging.

Chief Executive Officer Gareth Davis said Tuesday the group was “strongly opposed” to the plain packaging proposal.

“There is no credible evidence that young people start smoking or adult smokers continue to smoke because of tobacco packaging,” he said. “Making all tobacco products available in the same generic plain packaging will further fuel the growth in illicit trade and undermine the government’s plans to increase investment in tackling smuggling and counterfeiting.”

Imperial has been under pressure in the past year from Japan Tobacco Inc.’s (2914.TO) U.K. business, which said late last year it had begun closing the gap on Imperial and gaining market share.

Imperial said Tuesday its average U.K. market share for the year to December was 45.2%, slightly down on 45.3% three months earlier. In its second-largest market, Germany, its market share dropped to 27.1% from 27.3%.

It increased the U.K. price of 20 cigarettes in December by 27 pence, following a similar increase by Japan Tobacco.

In Spain, cigarette volumes dropped 10% in the year to December while fine-cut tobacco market volumes grew 30%. In January, Imperial increased the price of the majority of its brands there by 15 cents per pack.

In the U.S., a sharp rise in federal taxes in April resulted in a 9% drop in cigarette market volumes for the year to December.

Cigarette volumes were strong in the group’s Rest of European Union region and in its Rest of the World region, with further cigarette share gains in Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

The company’s shares closed Monday at 2002 pence, having grown by a third since April last year as sales have grown and the company’s debt position has stabilized.

The company added that its focus on cash generation was helping to further reduce debt. “This has been recognized with Moody’s recently changing their credit rating outlook from negative to stable,” it said.

CEO Davis is due to retire in May to be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Alison Cooper. Cooper was named COO in March last year, immediately becoming the favorite to succeed Davis, who has led Imperial for all of its 13 years as an independent company.

Cooper has already pledged to enhance the group’s focus on sales growth under her stewardship.

-By Michael Carolan, Dow Jones Newswires; 44-20-7842-9278; [email protected]

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