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Case Code : BSTA077
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2003
Organization : Philip Morris
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : USA
Industry : Tobacco

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SABMiller was the world's second-largest brewer by volume. SAB merged with Miller on July 9, 2002, and changed its name to SABMiller plc. Altria had a 36% interest in the newly formed SABMiller plc...

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Exhibit I: Philip Morris: % of Revenue by Business Segment (2002)
Exhibit II: Philip Morris: Key Financials
Exhibit III: Philip Morris: Income Statement

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