Tobacco major Reynolds American Inc's (RAI) quarterly profit rose 6.7 percent as price increases helped to make up for a drop in cigarette volumes.
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The company's net income rose to $492 million, or 92 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $461 million, or 84 cents per share, a year earlier.
Net sales fell 0.7 percent to $2.16 billion.
Reynolds American, which has agreed to buy smaller rival Lorillard Inc (LO) in a $25 billion deal, also raised the bottom end of its full-year adjusted earnings forecast range to $3.35-$3.45 per share from $3.30-$3.45.