In the first half, there was a strong performance from its five divisions, with the exception of America-Pacific
Of its five global markets, only America-Pacific
failed to show any growth as Canadian smokers switched to low-price brands and the Japanese spent less on cigarettes than before.
Reporting figures for the three months to March 31, BAT said Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa and Middle East regions put in good performances while America-Pacific
was hit by lower total industry profitability in the US.
The oceanic part of the North America-Pacific
plate boundary, where the Adak quakes occurred, may accumulate strain more quickly than regions under the continent.
The rise came despite a disappointing performance in the America-Pacific
region, where profits fell by pounds 125m to pounds 600m, mainly because of difficult trading conditions in Japan and Canada.
Profits from the company's America-Pacific
region were pounds 187 million, pounds 3 million lower than last year as increases from Japan and the United States were offset by the weak dollar and lower contributions from Canada and South Korea.