Imperial Tobacco has posted a 3% hike in revenue for the nine months to 30 June.

The figure was boosted by strong price and mix, the tobacco giant said in a trading update, as well as key strategic brands Davidoff, Gauloises Blondes, West and JPS.

Net revenues among its key brands grew 13%, with volumes up 6%.

“This good performance builds on the positive sales momentum we’re generating across our total tobacco portfolio in both European Union and non-EU markets,” said chief executive Alison Cooper.

“Consistently applying our sales growth drivers to enhance sales across our regions is our priority for the remainder of the year,” she added.

“Challenging conditions persist in some markets but we have a strong record of delivering growth in this environment and remain in a good position to continue maximising value for shareholders.”