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announced today that it posted lower-than-expected third-quarter profit, although its shipment orders were better than those of its rivals.

The maker of Newport cigarettes earned $235 million, or $1.44 a share, compared with $237, or $1.38 in the year-ago period. There were fewer shares outstanding in the current quarter.

Results missed expectations, as analysts expected the company to earn $1.52 a share.

Revenue climbed 26% to $1.42 billion from $1.13 billion -- although, excluding federal excise taxes issued earlier this year, revenue inched up just 2%.

Lorillard shipped 9.46 billion cigarettes during the quarter, down 6.3% from last year, but this was a significantly lower decline than the industry average of about a 12% drop.

Last week, rivals


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Philip Morris International

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Reynolds American


, all

beat Wall Street's outlook

and upped their full-year forecasts.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York

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