Excluding the impact of currency, adjusted operating companies income margin was down by 1.0 percentage point to 50.3% in the quarter, as detailed on Schedule 11, or by 0.9 points to 50.2% June year-to-date, as detailed on Schedule 15, primarily as a result of the aforementioned higher costs.

The total cigarette market in the EU declined by 9.7% to 132.2 billion units in the quarter, due primarily to: tax-driven price increases; the unfavorable economic environment, particularly in southern Europe, and the impact of related austerity measures; the growth of the OTP segment, notably in Greece, Italy and Spain; the prevalence of illicit trade, mainly in Greece, Italy and Poland; and the timing of Easter trade inventory movements. June year-to-date, the total cigarette market in the EU declined by 5.8% to 258.2 billion units.

PMI’s cigarette shipment volume in the EU declined by 9.4% in the quarter, due principally to a lower total market across the Region. PMI’s June year-to-date cigarette shipment volume in the EU declined by 5.8%. Shipment volume of Marlboro in the quarter decreased by 6.7%, mainly due to lower total markets, partially offset by higher share, notably in Germany, Greece, Hungary and Poland. Shipment volume of Marlboro June year-to-date was down by 4.6%. Shipment volume of L&M was down by 7.5% in the quarter, or down by 2.0% June year-to-date, mainly reflecting lower share, notably in southern Europe. Shipment volume of Chesterfield was up by 3.5% in the quarter, or by 7.3% June year-to-date, driven by higher share across northern Europe, the Baltics, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

PMI’s market share in the EU in the quarter was down 0.2 points to 38.5% as gains, notably in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Poland were more than offset by declines, primarily in the Czech Republic, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Marlboro’s share was up by 0.3 points to 18.4%, reflecting a higher share mainly in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Poland which more than offset lower share mainly in France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. L&M’s market share was down by 0.2 points to 6.6%, due to declines primarily in France, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, partly offset by gains in Germany, Finland, Poland and the Slovak Republic. Chesterfield’s market share was up by 0.3 points to 3.5%, driven mainly by gains across northern Europe, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Philip Morris’ market share was flat at 2.1%, with gains, notably in the Czech Republic and Italy, offset by declines mainly in Portugal and Spain.

PMI’s shipments of OTP, in cigarette equivalent units, grew by 18.2% in the quarter, or by 23.1% June year-to-date, mainly reflecting a higher total market and share in France, Italy and Spain and a higher total market in Belgium. PMI’s OTP total market share was 12.7%, up by 1.3 points, driven by fine cut gains notably in France, up by 0.7 points to 25.7%, Germany, up by 1.2 points to 16.0%, and Italy, up by 24.5 points to 31.0%.

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