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  1. August 1, 2014

    Strong pound wipes more than £1bn off profits of big UK companies

    When the International Monetary Fund warned this week that the pound was overvalued, a chorus of agreement would have been...

  2. July 30, 2014

    One deal-heavy half at BarCap is not a rebalancing

    The Lost Chord is a song, the Lost Decade an economic phase and the Lost Compensation Ratio a statistic that has vanished...

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  1. July 30, 2014

    BAT profits hit by strength of sterling

    The strength of sterling hit British American Tobacco’s operating profits in its half-year results, overshadowing the...

  2. July 24, 2014

    Lazard earnings hit record on M&A rebound

    Lazard’s chief executive said mergers and acquisitions were once again the “sexy part of the market” as the investment bank...

  3. July 17, 2014

    Australia smoking rates tumble after plain packaging shift

    Smoking rates in Australia fell at their fastest pace in more than two decades, following the introduction of the world’s...

  4. July 15, 2014

    US tobacco’s future emerges through the vapour

    The future of smoking in the US was cast in a vapour-filled room. While ironing out the creases in the $27.4bn tie-up...

  5. July 15, 2014

    Imperial Tobacco powers ahead in ecigarette market

    Imperial Tobacco’s acquisition of Blu from Lorillard has catapulted the Bristol-based group ahead of the other big four...

  6. July 11, 2014

    US mortgage insurers fall on FHFA plans

    Mortgage insurers fell sharply on Friday after the Federal Housing Finance Agency proposed new rules to tighten standards on...

  7. July 11, 2014

    Reynolds / Lorillard: gaspers

    Four out of every five smokers in the world puff away in emerging markets. Many do it illicitly; the others pay relatively...

  8. July 11, 2014

    The logic behind Reynolds-Lorillard merger

    Consolidation is one of the few options left for Big Tobacco as it seeks to address its longstanding existential dilemma of...

  9. July 11, 2014

    Susan Cameron’s return to Reynolds was seen as M&A signal

    When Susan Cameron, the first woman to run a big tobacco company, returned to the top job at Reynolds American in May this...

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    July 11, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan has a look at the reaction to Banco Espirito Santo’s problems. NEWS Banco Espírito...

  11. July 11, 2014

    Reynolds and Lorillard to reshape Big Tobacco with merger

    Reynolds American and Lorillard confirmed on Friday that they were working on a merger that will reshape Big Tobacco by...

  12. July 7, 2014

    Woodford goes big on AstraZeneca in new fund

    Neil Woodford, one of Britain’s most celebrated fund managers, has revealed that drugmaker AstraZeneca is the largest...

  13. June 26, 2014

    FTSE builders climb after mortgage rules

    New mortgage lending conditions unveiled by the Bank of England on Thursday were more lenient than investors expected,...

  14. June 24, 2014

    Defensive stocks support FTSE 100

    There was a defensive feel to the FTSE 100 leaderboard in opening trade in London, as the main UK index continued to drift....

  15. June 11, 2014

    Australians stub out cigarettes in wake of plain-pack law

    Australians are consuming less tobacco than at any time since records began in 1959, prompting health campaigners to claim...

  16. June 10, 2014

    National Grid trials the app that passeth all understanding

    It will be a lot less fun than Candy Crush or Tinder. But a new smartphone app from National Grid should be a hit with...

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    June 2, 2014

    Russia's smoking ban to be put to the test

    Tough times ahead for Russian smokers and for the international tobacco groups that feed their obnoxious habit: a ban on...

  18. June 2, 2014

    Top pay at FTSE 100 groups still rising despite restraint rules

    Executive pay at the UK’s biggest companies is still rising despite new rules intended to encourage pay restraint, according...

  19. May 29, 2014

    WHO rebuffs BAT push to be involved in ecigarette health debate

    The World Health Organisation has slapped down British American Tobacco’s attempts to involve itself in the public health...

  20. May 20, 2014

    Conscience and the business of addiction

    For the cynical entrepreneur, the perfect business is one that sells a legal, high-margin, addictive product. To my...

  21. May 19, 2014

    Blu Ecigs UK chief expects few e-cigarette sellers to survive

    The number of e-cigarette sellers in the UK will plunge from “hundreds” to fewer than 10 over the next four years, according...

  22. May 14, 2014

    Report slams US tobacco child labour

    Children who cannot legally buy cigarettes harvest tobacco, use heavy machinery and climb into barn rafters to dry leaves....

  23. April 30, 2014

    BAT’s robust sales clouded by weakening currencies

    British American Tobacco has become the latest victim of unfavourable exchange rates in emerging markets, after revenues...

  24. April 23, 2014

    Big e-cigarette groups snap up smaller rivals

    VIP Electronic Cigarette became the latest British e-cigarette company to be bought out by a larger rival as the rapidly...

  25. April 14, 2014

    South Korea’s health insurer sues tobacco companies

    By Song Jung-a in Seoul South Korea’s state-run health insurer has filed a lawsuit against three tobacco companies including...

  26. April 3, 2014

    UK government to push ahead on plain-packaged cigarettes

    The UK government has said it is “certainly minded” to oblige cigarettes to be sold in plain packages without branding but...

  27. March 25, 2014

    International schools bet on Myanmar’s transition

    Leading international schools have launched a flurry of ventures in Myanmar in a bet that the political risks of the...

  28. March 14, 2014

    Boardroom trades March 15

    Merger and acquisition has swirled around Stobart Group recently, with the Cumbrian group announcing plans to sell half its...

  29. March 10, 2014

    Imperial fires up e-cigarette legal battle

    The electronic cigarette arm of Imperial Tobacco has launched legal proceedings over patents against nine of its US rivals...

  30. March 6, 2014

    Cigarette makers surge on deal talks

    Shares of Reynolds American and Lorillard have surged this week on investor interest in a potential deal between the US...

  31. March 3, 2014

    Reynolds eyes Lorillard tobacco bid

    Reynolds American, the US tobacco giant, is exploring a bid for its rival Lorillard, shaking up a global tobacco market that...

  32. March 3, 2014

    US deal rumour sends BAT lower

    British American Tobacco was the day’s main focus on rumours of a US acquisition. BAT fell 1.2 per cent to £32.11 amid talk...

  33. February 27, 2014

    Declining smoking rates fail to dent BAT profits

    British American Tobacco declared that it must win the growing battle for market share in the e-cigarette and...

  34. February 20, 2014

    Boots to stock Imperial Tobacco’s e-cigarette

    Boots, the high street chemist, will start stocking an e-cigarette made by Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary Fontem Ventures as...

  35. February 17, 2014

    Tobacco company ads back on UK TV after 20 years

    “Big Tobacco” is coming back to a screen near you. An advert from a large tobacco company will appear on British TV screens...

  36. January 24, 2014

    Footsie – a tale of inexorable decline

    Would you buy shares in a British bank? I can see why you might in the short term. If you’d bought shares in Lloyds Banking...

  37. November 28, 2013

    UK government rules out U-turn on alcohol pricing

    Downing Street said it has no plans to revive alcohol minimum pricing despite its surprise decision to press ahead with...

  38. November 14, 2013

    Regulators take aim at high-margin tobacco products

    The life of a smoker is not a happy one. Thanks to increased regulation, smokers are banished outdoors, reminded in large...

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