Chief executive Alison Cooper said that the full-year guidance remains on track despite the fact that sales in the first half have been “driven primarily by a deterioration in industry volumes following strong industry volumes last year”.
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Since the investment is being mainly made in the first half of the financial year, lower revenue and profit is to be expected, and the second half is expected to be stronger.
Rumours of a merger with Japan Tobacco
An article published last week on Bloomberg, said that as Tokyo-based Japan Tobacco’s domestic market keeps diminishing due to the harsh competition faced, analysts are speculating that the tobacco company will attempt to purchase Imperial.
“We will continue to take a number of strategic initiatives to strengthen our brand equity, geographic reach and emerging products to attain sustainable profit growth in the mid to long term,” said spokesman for Japan Tobacco, Masahito Shirasu, whilst declining to comment about the rumours related to possible future deals with Imperial.