UK boards lag target for women directors

Alison Brittain

Push for greater diversity fails to deliver change

Tobacco groups start action over branding

Standardised packaging rules infringe rights, companies claim

Syrian smugglers turn to cigarettes

Despite harsh punishments, many living under Isis continue to smoke

Oil price and currency pound UK earnings

Annual profits at biggest listed companies weakest for 8 years

Imperial upbeat on Reynolds-Lorillard deal

No major changes expected from US competition authorities

Executive pay seen to be less contentious

Other issues include raising capital without asking shareholders

BAT battles to offset tobacco sales fall

Declines in emerging markets exacerbated by currency shifts

UK accused over cigarette lobbying abroad

Diplomat was at meeting in Pakistan with tobacco representatives

FTSE sectors brace for poll volatility

Worries largely centre on six sectors likely to be hit hard

Retailers stirred by store closure talk

Tobacco stocks were among the biggest fallers

Boardroom trades March 28

Latest directors’ deals at UK companies

The Ideas Column: Where angels fear to invest

Sinners not only have all the fun, their investments do better too

Bloomberg and Gates launch fund to fight Big Tobacco

Billionaires help poorer nations defend anti-smoking laws

Pound trades around 5-year dollar low

Budget puts spotlight on annuity and oil stocks

Tobacco groups breathe sigh of relief

Treasury steps back from imposing levy on profits

MPs vote to stub out cigarette packaging

Big tobacco groups vow to mount UK legal challenge

Mirror is tied to a big pension scheme

Obligations to retired hacks will stretch way into this century

BAT sues PwC over pollution liabilities

Tobacco group and auditor part company after 17 years

BAT draws up battle lines over packaging

Tobacco group pledges legal action if UK changes approved

BAT set to pay £2.3bn for Souza Cruz

Deal would give more exposure to largest exporter of tobacco leaf

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