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Check Out Line: Taxes up, cigarette shipments down

February 11, 2009

SWITZERLAND/Check out the falling shipments of cigarettes with expectations of further declines in 2009.

Reynolds American posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as its Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes increased market share. But the company said it shipped 21.6 billion cigarettes in the fourth quarter — down 6.3 percent from a year earlier.

Reynolds, like other cigarette manufacturers, could face a difficult 2009. Not only has the recession crimped consumers’ ability to spend, but smokers will feel even more price pressure now that a 61-cent increase in the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes has been passed.

Reynolds CEO Susan Ivey told analysts that the increase in the federal tax will hurt industry volume and she also said some state tax increases will likely be passed, even though Reynolds will fight them.

Also in the basket:

Jones Apparel posts smaller-than-expected loss

Dean Foods profit rises

Nike may cut up to 4 percent of jobs after review

Coke Enterprises profit tops view



smoking may included to daily expenses to those who are really a chain smoker…but in this time of recession… smokers need to base first in their ability to spend..


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