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Elkhart, Ind., employer soon to go smoke-free

May 29th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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KIK Custom Products is preparing to snuff out all tobacco use on its two Elkhart sites, instituting stricter smoking rules than the coming statewide smoking ban requires.

Beginning July 1, the company is barring the use of all tobacco products and tobaccolike products anywhere on its properties. Employees will not be able to smoke or chew tobacco in the break room, in the parking lot or in their cars on company land. Ream more »

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Stock to Watch: British American Tobacco

May 29th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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While I dislike the tobacco industry on ethical grounds, from a pure investment analysis standpoint it is worth noting May’s dip in share price of British American Tobacco (BATS) within the FTSE 100 index, from a peak around 3,250p to about 3,000p now.

Although a “heavy” share price which may deter some people, its value credentials look strong indeed and worthy of consideration by investors trying to navigate a way through the wider financial mayhem. Ream more »

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Japan Tobacco bucks excise tax reforms

May 28th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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Like Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp., Japan Tobacco International (Philippines) Inc. is against the proposed reforms in the excise tax system in the Philippines.
JTIP said in a statement that House Bill No 5727, which the House committee on ways and means has approved, would result in excessive tax hikes for its products. Ream more »

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Windfall for British American Tobacco Workers

April 27th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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LOCAL cigarette manufacturer British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited is the latest foreign-owned company to comply with the Empowerment Regulations, after concluding negotiations for almost 10 percent workers’ ownership of the company.

The details of the share option scheme were not immediately available, with management insisting that negotiations were continuing. But most of the sticking issues appear to have been resolved, informed sources said. Ream more »

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Japan Tobacco net profit rises 31.9% in FY 2011

April 27th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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Japan Tobacco Inc. said Thursday it booked a group net profit of 320.88 billion yen for fiscal 2011, up 31.9 percent from the previous year, due to rises in tobacco product prices at home and abroad and proceeds from property sales.
Sales in the year to March 31 dropped 1.2 percent to 2.03 trillion yen due largely to a drop in cigarette shipments following the March 11, 2011 disaster, slowed sales caused by the tobacco tax hike in October 2010, and the appreciation of the yen. Ream more »

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Tobacco companies launch legal battle over health warning regulations

April 26th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

Imperial Tobacco Canada
Hit by federal regulations and massive class action lawsuits, two of Canada’s tobacco companies have struck back with legal action of their own.

Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. and JTI-Macdonald Corp. have launched proceedings in Ontario Superior Court to attempt to strike down cigarette package warning regulations that came into effect last fall. Ream more »

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Japan Tobacco Profit Rises 32%

April 26th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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Japan Tobacco Inc. 2914.TO +0.88% said Thursday that its net profit for the fiscal year ended March grew 32%, due to strength in its overseas tobacco and pharmaceutical business.

The world’s third-largest tobacco company by sales volume after Philip Morris International Inc. PM +1.71% and British American Tobacco BTI +0.17% PLC, posted a net profit of ¥320.88 billion in the just-ended business year against a ¥243.32 billion profit a year earlier. Ream more »

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Japan Tobacco Full-Year Profit Forecast Misses Estimates

April 26th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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Japan Tobacco Inc. (2914), Asia’s largest listed cigarette maker by market value, forecast this year’s annual profit below analysts’ estimates.
Net income will probably be 318 billion yen for the year ending in March 2013, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement today. That was lower than the 341 billion yen average of eight analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales are expected to reach 2.12 trillion yen, said the company. Ream more »

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Japan Tobacco to Break Free of Government

April 24th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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Japan Tobacco Inc, the world’s third-largest tobacco company by sales volume, will for the first time install top management that aren’t former bureaucrats, the WSJ reports. The company, half-owned by the Japanese government, is hoping to become a more efficient company in order to compete with competitors including British American Tobacco PLC and Philip Morris International Inc. Ream more »

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