Big e-cigarette groups buy smaller rivals

Sector consolidates in attempt to fend off tobacco companies

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Regulators should beware of restricting new products

Week in Review

Week in Review, April 19

Featuring Citigroup; Tesco; Google, Diageo, and Imperial Tobacco

Existential angst for Imperial Tobacco

L’infer, c’est les non-fumeurs

Imperial Tobacco to shut two factories

Closure of plants in Nottingham and Nantes to cost 900 jobs

Imperial Tobacco to cut 900 jobs

Factories in UK and France to close as economic conditions bite

Seoul health insurer sues tobacco groups

Suit against Philip Morris, BAT and KT&G seeks $52m in damages

E-cigarette makers face WHO ruling hurdle

Health body keen to regulate products in same way as normal tobacco

UK to push ahead on plain cigarette packets

Move would be part of a wider health effort

Activists force corporate climbdowns

Social media and shifting consumer expectations bring policy change

Above-inflation rise for duty on tobacco

Rise in duty allows tobacco companies to lift their prices

US officials tackle retailers on tobacco

Move follows CVS Caremark’s decision to abandon cigarette sales

Transatlantic trade talks hit German snag

Berlin breaks ranks and opposes TTIP dispute settlement clause

Boardroom trades March 15

Latest directors’ deals at Intertek, BAT, Stobart and Aga Rangemaster

Interactive: UK upturn winners and losers

Mixed economic fortunes since the last UK budget

Imperial fires up e-cigarette legal battle

UK tobacco group files patent suit against US rivals

Cigarette makers surge on deal talks

Reynolds and Lorillard hold 40% of $90bn US tobacco market

Reynolds eyes Lorillard tobacco bid

Offer could value maker of Newport cigarettes at $20bn

BAT profits rise despite smoking decline

Packaging regulations have little effect on margins

Seek dividend growth not yield

Warning to investors seeking an income

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