Japan Tobacco to buy Brazilian leaf producer

TOKYO, July 22 Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:13am EDT

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TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) - Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) said it would buy unlisted Brazilian tobacco leaf supplier Kannenberg & Cia Ltda and Kannenberg, Barker, Hail & Cotton Tabacos Ltda to help it secure a stable supply of tobacco leaves.

Japan Tobacco said it expects to finalise the deal in October.