Imperial sees modest earnings full-year growth

Reuters - UK Focus

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Imperial Tobacco (LSE: IMT.L - news) said itexpected to report modest adjusted earnings growth in the fullyear after volumes from its top growth brands rose by 3 percentin the first nine months.

Imperial, which makes Davidoff and Gauloises cigarettes andis the world's fourth-largest international tobacco group, alsoreiterated its target of a 10 percent hike to its dividend.

The group added that its cost cutting programme remained ontrack and it expected to deliver incremental savings of 60million pounds for the year.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Neil Maidment)

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