Philip Morris USA to raise prices by 8 cents/pack on most cigarette brands.

May 7, 2010 - Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA (PM USA) division is raising prices for Marlboro and most of its other cigarette brands by 8 cents a pack.

The price increase will be effective Monday, May 10th a spokesman said. The list price for Marlboro, or the price the company sells the cigarettes to its wholesalers for, will go up to $3.70 a pack from $3.62 a pack.

Cigarette companies in the U.S. have raised prices fairly steadily in recent years. The higher prices have helped shore up profits at a time when volumes have been under pressure as Americans smoke fewer cigarettes. Bans on smoking in public places and higher taxes have contributed to a decline in cigarette volumes.

Stifel Nicolaus analyst Chris Growe said the latest price increase from Altria was higher than he had expected.
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Reference: Altria Raising Cigarette Prices By 8c A Pack by Anjali Cordeiro (, Dow Jones Newswires; 5/6/2010.