Imperial Tobacco results hurt by inventory reductions

LONDON Wed May 7, 2014 2:22am EDT

LONDON May 7 (Reuters) - Imperial Tobacco Group posted sharp declines in reported revenue and profit on Wednesday, due to planned inventory reductions in a number of markets.

For the half year to 31 March, revenue fell 5 percent to 12.7 billion pounds ($21.6 billion)on a reported basis with operating profit down 17 percent to 999 million pounds.

($1 = 0.5885 British Pounds) (Reporting by Martinne Geller in London; Editing by Erica Billingham)

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