The company also said it would lift its annual dividend by six per cent to 142.4p per share.
BAT said its global brands - Kent, Dunhill,
Group cigarette volumes declined by 2.7 per cent in 2013. However, pre-tax profits rose 3.6 per cent to £5.8bn, while revenues excluding taxes were broadly flat at £15.3bn. BAT said the results were even better once currency movements are stripped out.
The firm did not reveal how Vype, its first electronic cigarette product, was faring.
Like its rivals, including
Shares closed up 1.4 per cent.
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