Marlboro maker Philip Morris cuts 2014 earnings forecast

June 26 Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:38am EDT

June 26 (Reuters) - Cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris International Inc cut its 2014 earnings forecast saying it is proving to be a "complex and truly atypical" year for the company.

The Marlboro cigarettes maker now expects to earn $4.87-$4.97 per share, lower than the $5.09-$5.19 per share it expected earlier.

"We continue to face significant currency headwinds, an improving but weak macro-economic environment in the European Union and known challenges in Asia," Chief Executive Andre Calantzopoulos said in a statement.

However, the company expects adjusted profit in 2014 to rise 6 to 8 percent from the $5.40 it reported last year. (Reporting by Anannya Pramanick in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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