Lambert & Butler and Golden Virginia group Imperial Tobacco has reported a rise in first-half profits after "excellent" growth in emerging markets.
The world's fourth biggest cigarette maker said adjusted profits rose 2% to £1.5bn in the six months to March 31 after it grew sales volumes in markets such as Africa and the Middle East.
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? firstname.lastname@example.org