Home » Recent CSD Articles » Categories » Today's News » Wells Fargo Anticipates Cigarette Price Increase Wells Fargo Anticipates Cigarette Price Increase Could the next cigarette price increase appear this September? Convenience store retailers should expect the next cigarette price increase to arrive sooner than the normal November cycle, according to a report by Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Wells Fargo conducted a survey of its tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing approximately 60,000 U.S. convenience stores to gauge expectations for the next round of cigarette pricing increases. Bonnie Herzog, managing director – equity research, beverage, household & personal care, tobacco & c-stores for Wells Fargo noted, “According to our contacts, the next cigarette list price increase is expected to be led by PM USA during the week of Sept 18 at $0.08/pack (+2-3%). We agree as we don’t expect manufacturers to wait till the normal November cycle to take a price increase, especially given the severity of volume declines in Q2,” which were related to the outsized impact of California’s $2-per pack increase in excise tax. “As has been the case in past tax cycles, we expect the industry to further mitigate California tax-driven volume declines with list price increases, partially offset by stronger promo efforts. Longer term, we see further downside to combustible cigarette volumes if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration succeeds with its new nicotine mandate. However, we believe this could be mitigated by smokers potentially smoking more in an effort to get the nicotine levels they require—an ‘unintended consequence’—and increased conversion to reduced-risk products,” she added.
Omnicom, WPP and Publicis media agencies will support various international markets. Lucas Herscovici, a global marketing executive at the beer giant, said the consolidation was designed to “reduce complexity.” Usually, that’s code for cost savings, but Mr. Herscovici insisted that wasn’t the motivation. Still, he admitted, “In every pitch of this nature when you’re involving over 50 countries [with] spends in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and when there’s competition across agencies, obviously savings are achieved.” Winning shops should feel good about adding business at a time when most holding companies are reporting subpar growth. They shouldn’t bank on major profits from programmatic fees. The company already handles programmatic buying in-house and plans to expand the model globally, Mr. Herscovici said. WPP reportedly isn’t ready to give up its 24.7% stake in Japanese ad agency Asatsu-DK for the ¥152 billion ($1.35 billion) price private-equity firm Bain Capital has offered for the company. People close to WPP said the tender “severely undervalues” the Japanese firm. [ Financial Times ] EMarketer has lowered its 2017 ad revenue forecast for Snapchat.