British American Tobacco annual earnings rise 6 pct

Reuters - UK Focus

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - British American Tobacco PLC (LSE: BATS.L - news) , the world's No. 2 cigarette maker, said 2013 earningsrose 6 percent, helped by growth in market share which wasoffset by currency headwinds in three of its four regions.

The world's No. 2 cigarette maker, whose brands includeKent, Dunhill, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall, posted adjusteddiluted earnings per share of 216.6 pence compared to the 205.2pence it made last year.

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