Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rates, the world's second largest tobacco company by sales cited improved market share for its Rothmans,
"BAT performed well during the first half of the year but, as expected, results were affected by the strength of sterling," said BAT chairman
Revenue fell 10 per cent to £6.8bn during the period while adjusted profits at current exchange rates fell nine per cent to £2.66bn.
Sales volume in the global tobacco market are expected to shrink two to three per cent this year, hurt by economic weakness and a growing health awareness.
The first-half results follow the group's downbeat first-quarter report in April when revenues had fallen 12 per cent.
BAT also increased its interim dividend by six per cent to 47.5p to be paid on 30 September. Shares fell 1.23 per cent to 3,523.50p.
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