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Carolina Group Reports Net Income for the Second Quarter of 2004

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 29, 2004--Loews Corporation (NYSE:LTR) today reported Carolina Group net income for the 2004 second quarter of $121.4 million, compared to $108.4 million in the 2003 second quarter. Net income for the second quarter of 2003 included a $26.0 million charge ($16.8 million after taxes) to settle litigation with tobacco growers. Net income attributable to Carolina Group stock (NYSE:CG) for the second quarter of 2004 was $40.6 million, or $0.70 per share of Carolina Group stock, compared to $25.0 million, or $0.63 per share in the comparable period of the prior year.

The increase in net income attributable to Carolina Group stock for the second quarter of 2004, as compared to the corresponding period of the prior year, reflects the sale by Loews Corporation of 18,055,000 shares of Carolina Group stock in November of 2003. Net income per share of Carolina Group stock was not impacted by the sale of Carolina Group stock in November of 2003. Carolina Group stock represents a 33.43% and 23.01% economic interest in the Carolina Group for the three months ended June 30, 2004 and 2003, respectively.

Net sales for the Carolina Group were $868.1 million in the second quarter of 2004, compared to $780.9 million in the 2003 second quarter. The increase in net sales reflects lower sales promotion expenses (accounted for as a reduction in net sales) and an increase in unit sales volume of 3.8%.

Results of operations of the Carolina Group include interest expense of $24.3 and $30.6 million, net of taxes, for the three months ended June 30, 2004 and 2003, respectively, on notional intergroup debt. At June 30, 2004, $1.98 billion principal amount of notional intergroup debt was outstanding.

Carolina Group net income for the first half of 2004 was $224.4 million, compared to $232.8 million in the 2003 first half. Net income for the first half of 2003 included a $26.0 million charge ($16.8 after taxes) to settle litigation with tobacco growers and a $28.0 million charge ($17.1 million after taxes) to resolve indemnification claims and trademark matters in connection with the 1977 sale by Lorillard of its international business. Net income attributable to Carolina Group stock for the first half of 2004 was $75.0 million, or $1.29 per share of Carolina Group stock, compared to $53.6 million, or $1.34 per share in the comparable period of the prior year. The increase in net income reflects the November of 2003 sale by Loews Corporation of Carolina Group stock discussed above.

Net sales for the Carolina Group were $1.636 billion in the first half of 2004, compared to $1.625 billion in the comparable period of the prior year. The increase in net sales reflects an increase in unit sales volume of 1.2% offset by increased sales promotion expenses (accounted for as a reduction in net sales).

Results of operations of the Carolina Group include interest expense of $48.9 and $59.9 million, net of taxes, for the six months ended June 30, 2004 and 2003, respectively, on notional intergroup debt.

The Carolina Group stock, commonly called a tracking stock, is intended to reflect the economic performance of a defined group of the Company's assets and liabilities, referred to as the Carolina Group, principally consisting of the Company's subsidiary Lorillard, Inc. The Carolina Group, a notional group, is not a separate legal entity. The purpose of this financial information is to provide investors with additional information to use in analyzing the results of operations and financial condition of the Carolina Group, and this financial information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial information of Loews Corporation.

As of June 30, 2004, there were 57,966,750 shares of Carolina Group stock outstanding representing a 33.43% economic interest. Depending on market conditions, the Company, for the account of the Carolina Group, from time to time may purchase shares of Carolina Group stock in the open market or otherwise.

Loews Corporation has issued a separate press release reporting its consolidated results for the second quarter of 2004, which accompanies this press release.

A conference call to discuss the second quarter results of Loews Corporation has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, July 29, 2004. A live broadcast of the call will be available online at the Loews Corporation website (www.loews.com). Please go to the website at least ten minutes before the event begins to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call should dial (877) 692-2592. An online replay will be available at the Company's website following the call.

Carolina Group
Financial Review

                                              June 30,
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                                   Three Months        Six Months
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                                  2004      2003     2004      2003
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                               (Amounts in millions, except per share
                                                data)


Net sales (a)                   $ 868.1   $ 780.9  $1,636.0  $1,625.1

Cost of sales (a) (b)             532.3     454.9     999.6     921.4
Selling, advertising and
 administrative (c)               103.3     120.1     203.3     254.8
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Total operating costs and
 expenses                         635.6     575.0   1,202.9   1,176.2
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Operating income                  232.5     205.9     433.1     448.9
Investment income                   6.5       8.9      15.0      17.7
Interest expense                  (39.8)    (47.3)    (80.1)    (95.5)
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Income before income taxes        199.2     167.5     368.0     371.1
Income taxes                       77.8      59.1     143.6     138.3
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Net income                        121.4     108.4     224.4     232.8
Earnings attributable to the
 Loews Group intergroup
 interest                          80.8      83.4     149.4     179.2
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Income attributable to Carolina
 Group shareholders (d)         $  40.6   $  25.0   $  75.0   $  53.6
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Per share of Carolina Group
 stock (e)                      $  0.70   $  0.63   $  1.29   $  1.34
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Weighted number of shares
 outstanding                      57.97     39.91     57.97     39.91
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(a) Includes excise taxes of $169.5, $163.4, $325.7 and $320.3 for the
    respective periods.

(b) Includes charges of $234.3, $180.1, $435.4 and $377.6 ($142.8,
    $116.3, $265.5 and $236.9 after taxes) to accrue obligations under
    the State Settlement Agreements for the respective periods.

(c) Includes a $26.0 charge ($16.8 after taxes) in the three and six
    months ended June 30, 2003 to settle litigation with tobacco
    growers and includes a $28.0 charge ($17.1 after taxes) in the six
    months ended June 30, 2003 to resolve indemnification claims and
    trademark matters in connection with the 1977 sale by Lorillard of
    its international business.

(d) Represents 33.43%, 23.01%, 33.43% and 23.01% of the economic
    interest in the Carolina Group for the respective periods.

(e) Earnings per common share-assuming dilution is not presented
    because securities that could potentially dilute basic earnings
    per share in the future would have been insignificant or
    antidilutive for the periods presented.

Carolina Group
Supplemental Information

The following information regarding unit volume shipped by Lorillard
Tobacco Company to its direct buying customers by brand as follows
(all units in thousands):

                                         June 30,
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                          Three Months               Six Months
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                        2004        2003         2004         2003
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Full Price Brands

Total Newport         8,102,336   7,700,142   15,482,294   15,171,507
Total Kent Family       225,173     279,439      435,622      548,428
Total True              173,459     202,554      334,223      395,298
Total Max                12,006      14,481       23,313       28,089
Total Satin               2,133       2,871        4,227        5,697
Total Triumph               358         945          886        1,962
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Total Full Price
 Brands               8,515,465   8,200,432   16,280,565   16,150,981
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Price/Value Brands

Total Old Gold          234,240     271,575      453,054      517,920
Total Maverick          182,244     118,149      337,806      200,823
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Total Price/Value
 Brands                 416,484     389,724      790,860      718,743
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Total Domestic
 Cigarettes           8,931,949   8,590,156   17,071,425   16,869,724

Total Puerto Rico and
 U.S. Possessions       199,476     209,723      411,340      401,741
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Grand Total           9,131,425   8,799,879   17,482,765   17,271,465
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Notes:

1. This information is unaudited and is not adjusted for returns.
2. Unit volume for a quarter is not necessarily indicative of unit
   volume for any subsequent period.
3. Unit volume is not necessarily indicative of the level of revenues
   for any period.

CONTACT: Loews Corporation, New York
Peter W. Keegan, 212/521-2950
or
Candace Leeds, 212/521-2416
or
(Investor Relations)
Joshua E. Kahn, 212/521-2788

SOURCE: Loews Corporation