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  1. Fast FT



    BAT profits hit by currency movements

    British American Tobacco has reported a better than expected boost to sales but a dip in reported profits, as currency...

  2. Fast FT

    July 5, 2016

    Sterling plunge drives equity divergence

    The post-referendum sterling rout has driven a sharp divergence in UK equity performance, with companies that earn...

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  1. Fast FT

    June 30, 2016

    Sterling bond issuance defies Brexit turbulence

    Two sterling-denominated debt deals are launching today, in another sign credit markets remain open despite the onset...

  2. June 24, 2016

    Brexit vote batters UK stocks

    The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 both came under heavy pressure early in the day as Britain’s decision to leave the EU rattled...

  3. May 23, 2016

    Axa’s decision to quit tobacco is not as pure as it looks

    Hey, Axa, what took you so long? The famous British Medical Journal report showing links between smoking and lung...

  4. May 20, 2016

    Court stubs out fight against plain packaging for cigarettes

    It is more than 50 years since Marlboro Man disappeared from British television screens, and 13 since he vanished from...

  5. May 19, 2016

    Big Tobacco looks to ecigarettes to light up sector

    From Friday all cigarettes manufactured for the UK must be sold boxed in plain packaging and come adorned with large,...

  6. Fast FT

    May 19, 2016

    UK court rejects plain cigarette packaging appeal

    The London High Court has rejected an appeal launched by tobacco companies against plain cigarette packaging in the UK....

  7. May 6, 2016

    Tobacco: plain outperformance

    Eleven years ago this month, Shaun Murphy won the Embassy World Snooker championship and Kimi Räikkönen scored...

  8. May 4, 2016

    Australia hails plain packaging on tobacco

    When Australia introduced plain packaging for tobacco products in December 2012, the industry funded an advertising...

  9. Fast FT

    April 26, 2016

    BAT boosted by weaker sterling

    British American Tobacco said a weak sterling could boost earnings this year. The UK-listed company, which for years...

  10. FT Alphaville

    April 6, 2016

    To protest anti-smoking measures, Indian cigarette companies are... shutting their factories?

    It’s an unorthodox move. It all stems from that fact that India (following the WHO) wants to increase the size of the...

  11. April 3, 2016

    India’s ITC smoulders over cigarette packet requirement

    India’s largest cigarette manufacturer has shut down its factories in the face of a government order to increase the...

  12. February 25, 2016

    BAT appoints lawyers to probe bribery allegations

    British American Tobacco has hired lawyers to investigate allegations that it bribed officials in east Africa to...

  13. January 11, 2016

    Belgium ordered to claw back €700m from multinationals

    The European Commission has ordered Belgium to recoup about €700m from 35 multinational companies that have benefited...

  14. Fast FT

    January 11, 2016

    EC presses Belgium to recoup €700m from multinationals

    The European Commission has called on Belgium to recoup €700m from 35 multinational companies that have benefited from...

  15. January 5, 2016

    BAT: the long drag

    Selling the disease and the cure could be a nice business model. British American Tobacco may just get there. BAT’s...

  16. December 23, 2015

    European court paves the way for plain cigarette packaging

    The EU’s highest court has opened the path to the introduction of plain cigarette packaging laws across the continent,...

  17. December 21, 2015

    KPMG UK’s year to forget: revenue falls and audit probes

    For KPMG in the UK, 2015 has been a year to forget. The audit, tax and advisory firm’s revenues have fallen behind...

  18. December 10, 2015

    Tobacco groups challenge plain-pack rules

    Four of the world’s largest tobacco groups have begun a high-profile legal challenge against the government on the...

  19. December 8, 2015

    Tobacco giants launch UK plain packaging challenge

    Four of the world’s largest tobacco companies will on Thursday mount a court challenge over UK government plans to...

  20. December 7, 2015

    BAT faces more bribery claims in Africa

    British American Tobacco bribed a local official to misreport the impact from a fire at one of its warehouses in...

  21. Brussels Blog

    December 4, 2015

    After fourth US tax target, Vestager eyes Belgium

    Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition chief, is regularly in the headlines for her corporate tax battles with big US...

  22. December 1, 2015

    BAT accuser to hand evidence of ‘bribery’ to SFO

    A former British American Tobacco employee who has accused the cigarette company over bribery of officials in east...

  23. FT Alphaville

    December 1, 2015

    FT Opening Quote - Stressed banks, smelly BAT

    RBS and StanChart are the most under-stress banks, Zurich Insurance’s CEO has stepped down and BAT is a bit whiffy. FT...

  24. November 22, 2015

    BAT to launch iFuse hybrid ecigarette

    British American Tobacco will next week launch a new type of cigarette that combines ecigarette technology and tobacco,...

  25. FT Alphaville

    November 20, 2015

    Here's that Imperial Tobacco RAW in full

    Frankly, we’re sick of this. You are too, most likely. None of us wants to spend another day being strafed by rumour,...

  26. October 2, 2015

    Imperial Tobacco rises amid break-up talk

    A late-day rally lifted Imperial Tobacco on Friday as break-up speculation was given another airing. The latest theory...

  27. September 13, 2015

    Value investors call bottom to Brazilian plunge

    Value investors with strong stomachs and deep pockets are calling a bottom to Brazil’s plummeting markets, despite an...

  28. August 19, 2015

    Officials call for faster medicinal licensing of ecigarettes

    Health officials have called for a review of ecigarette licensing to speed up their availability on prescription after...

  29. August 17, 2015

    Norway fund excludes four Asian groups over palm oil links

    Norway’s $870bn oil fund excluded four of Asia’s biggest companies because of concerns over severe environmental damage...

  30. July 29, 2015

    British American Tobacco beats forecasts as key brands grow

    Shares in British American Tobacco rose on Wednesday after the world’s second-biggest cigarette maker beat expectations...

  31. June 16, 2015

    BAT leads FTSE recovery from six-month low

    British American Tobacco was the biggest gainer on Tuesday as the FTSE 100 recovered from a six-month low. BAT emerged...

  32. June 2, 2015

    Canadian court orders tobacco groups to pay C$15.6bn to smokers

    A Canadian court has ordered three tobacco companies to pay C$15.6bn ($12.5bn) to two groups of smokers, in what is the...

  33. FT Alphaville

    June 2, 2015

    FT Opening Quote - BAT to appeal Canadian smoker damages

    BAT is lighting an appeal against damages awarded to Canadian smokers, Synergy still sees synergies in Steris and curb...

  34. June 1, 2015

    Beijing stubs out public smoking

    Beijing on Monday introduced the toughest smoking restrictions in China, the world’s largest consumer of tobacco, with...

  35. May 11, 2015

    Oil price and currency effects pound UK earnings

    Annual profits at the UK’s biggest listed companies have shown the most widespread weakness for eight years, according...

  36. May 3, 2015

    Executive pay factors in only four of top 10 shareholder protests

    Fewer than half of the most serious investor revolts at the UK’s largest listed groups this year have been about...

  37. April 29, 2015

    BAT raises prices in effort to offset drop in tobacco sales

    British American Tobacco, the world’s second largest tobacco company by market share, raised cigarette prices to offset...

  38. April 7, 2015

    UK accused over cigarette lobbying abroad

    Medical experts and campaigners have accused Britain’s top diplomat in Pakistan of breaking government rules by...

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