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Marlboro maker Altria's 4Q profit falls on lower sales, charges related to debt buyback

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, Marlboro Gold and other Marlboro varieties of cigarettes are displayed in a Little Rock, Ark., store. Altria Group reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
January 30, 2014 - 4:39 AM

RICHMOND, Va. - Altria's fourth-quarter profit dropped 56 per cent as the Marlboro maker sold fewer cigarettes and recorded charges related to paying off debt early.

The owner of the nation's biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, posted earnings Thursday of $488 million, or 24 cents per share. That's down from $1.1 billion, or 55 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

Excluding one-time items, earnings were 57 cents per share, missing Wall Street expectations by a penny.

Altria Group Inc., based in Richmond, Va., said that revenue, excluding excise taxes, fell 1 per cent to $4.4 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $4.5 billion.

Cigarette volumes fell about 6 per cent to 31.8 billion cigarettes. Volumes of its premium Marlboro brand fell 5.7 per cent. Smokeless tobacco volumes fell 4.3 per cent.

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