Battle over ecigarettes starts to heat up

Clamour is growing for concerted regulation of products

Tesco struggles to fend off discounters

Supermarket sales down 4% amid slow growth in spending

Oil auction may end badly for Nigeria

Foreign oil groups cannot be blamed for losing their nerves

Regus hit by strength of sterling

Serviced office provider’s interim profits wiped out

WHO calls for regulation of ecigarettes

UN health body calls for curbs to normal tobacco

Dealmaking shakes up consumer products

M&A in sector at highest since height of credit boom

BHP Billiton / Carillion / Imps

Imagination is not going to be greatest asset for new group

Iraq conflict hurts Imperial Tobacco sales

Deteriorating situation in Middle East disrupts distribution

Weakest Asia showing for Pru since 2007

Strong pound knocks about a seventh off profits at division

Pay statistic lost from Barclays’ results

An expansion of capital-lite activities not a foregone conclusion

BAT profits hit by strength of sterling

Reynolds hit with $23.6bn damages bill

Smoker’s widow wins Florida court case against tobacco company

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Imperial Tobacco puffed with success

Cigar-smoking chief applauded for £4.2bn buyout

UK media lifted by M&A upsurge

But financial stocks contribute to FTSE 100 weakness

Plain-pack law damps Australia smoking rates

Findings could persuade other countries to introduce similar laws

Tobacco town breathes a sigh of relief

Winston-Salem hopes Reynolds-Lorillard deal will preserve jobs

FCA squeezes life from payday lending

Capping spiralling interest charges will not boost competition

US tobacco’s future emerges through vapour

Reynolds buys Lorillard for $27bn

Purchase will redraw $90bn US tobacco market

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