LONDON (Reuters) – British American Tobacco the world's second-biggest cigarette creator, reported a 7 % rise inside earnings inside 2012, with improved margins offsetting adverse foreign exchange moves plus tough trading inside southern Europe. The creator of Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike plus Pall Mall cigarettes reported modified earnings per share of 207.5 pence inside the year ended December, compared with a forecast of 206.6 pence, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S estimates. It mentioned it might purchase back 1.5 billion pounds of shares inside 2013, following a 1.25-billion-pound buyback last year. …
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