Imperial Tobacco has said that it expects trading for the financial year to 30 September to remain in line with expectations.

Trading at Franco-Spanish tobacco company Altadis, which Imperial Tobacco acquired in January this year, was also in line with expectation, Imperial Tobacco said in a trading update.

Imperial Tobacco added that it still expected the enlarged group to generate annual operational efficiencies of around E300m (£234m) by 2010.