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I was wondering who created the term I use fairly often "Sold American". I believe I first heard it in the 1960's as the final words in Phillip Morris cigarette advertisements.
Request for assistance to improve this article
This article has several problems, and I would like to help improve it, with regard to being more accurate and informative. I happen to work for Reynolds American, am cognizant of conflict of interest issues, and wanting to make sure that I am following Wikipedia’s policies and guidelines, have familiarized myself with suggestions for COI compliance.
To that end I have created in my userspace an article that is based on the existing one and which corrects errors, updates obsolete information and provides a bit more context. It is here:
Fixed in this version:
- Currently, the article states that RAI sold “about a third of all cigarettes” in the U.S. in 2003. In fact RAI was not incorporated until 2004, as the article notes immediately below. This new version provides the correct date and figure.
- The infobox contains 2007 income and employment information, and lists the company’s industry as "Cigarettes"; this new version provides sourced figures for 2008 and corrects the industry to say "Tobacco".
- The corporate history of RAI, as it was formed of predecessor companies is somewhat complex but entirely in the public record. This new version provides basic information about that, as well as recognition by Dow Jones.
- Further, the citations are now better organized and new categories have been added.
If whomever finds this agrees that these changes should be made, please consider replacing the old version with this one or let me know if you are OK with me doing it myself. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know here or on my talk page. Thank you. Piedmont NC (talk) 20:58, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
- I looked over the page in your userspace, found it ok, and integrated it here. I do have a comment regarding the lead sentence. It states that this is the second largest tobacco company but the linked source states that its the third largest on the Fortune 500 list, behind Phillip Morris and Altria. This is the only change I made from the version you wrote. If you have an issue with anything, just bring it up here. If it is a minor change to the article feel free to edit it yourself. ThemFromSpace 18:24, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
Updating Financial Information in Info Box
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I want to disclose up front that I am an employee of Reynolds American, giving me a WP:COI. However, any edits I suggest will adhere to Wikipedia policies.
I noticed in the info box the financial information is out of date (it's from 2010). I have the updated 2011 information that is sourced from Reynolds American’s official 2011 10-k listed below. Can someone please update the information in the info box with the below numbers?
• Revenue: $8.551 billion (2011)
• Operating Income: $2.399 billion (2011)
• Net Income: $1.406 billion (2011)
• Employees: 5400 (2011)