Tobacco manufacturer Imperial Tobacco's full-year operating profit to 30 September rose 6% to £1.311bn, on sales up 1% at £3.162bn.

The group added that cigarette volumes for the year had increased 7% to 186.9 billion, helped by its premium cigarette brand Davidoff.

Gareth Davis, chief executive of Imperial Tobacco, said: “We remain committed to building our successes going forward; taking advantage of widening geographic opportunities, investing further in brand development and continuing to buy back shares while we seek value creating acquisitions.”