Cigars and Cigarillos in France, 2015




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The total tobacco products market in France declined in 2014, down 5.0% from 2013. Smaller-format Cigars and Cigarillos dominate unit volume sales, accounting for a vast majority of share in volume and value terms according to industry sources.

Key Findings

  • Data for the first four months of 2015 shows volume only experienced a small decline on the same period of 2014, but sales in early 2014 had been affected by the impact of strikes at Seita Distribution in January 2014
  • Per capita consumption of Cigars & Cigarillos is quite high in France, although it shows a downward trend since 2004. It is expected to decline further in 2015
  • In 2013, import volume showed a sharp drop in unit. In 2014 import level continued to decline with unit imports declining by a further 3.7%
  • In 2014 the average retail price of cigars and cigarillos in France increased by 3.6%, slightly faster than in the previous four years