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  1. August 19, 2014

    Imperial Tobacco sales growth disrupted by Iraq conflict

    The rise of Islamic extremism in the Middle East has disrupted sales growth at Imperial Tobacco, which has blamed 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...

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  1. July 18, 2014

    Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

    Buy: Imperial Tobacco (IMT) Enlarged US market share should boost depressed volumes and the acquisition of the Blu brand...

  2. July 18, 2014

    Cooper draws plaudits for Imperial Tobacco with £4.2bn buyout

    Alison Cooper has, in the words of her press handler, a “demented schedule”. The 48-year-old chief executive of Imperial...

  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 16, 2014

    Tobacco town breathes a sigh of relief

    Winston and Salem cigarettes will no longer be produced in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, if Reynolds American’s $27.4bn bid...

  5. July 15, 2014

    FCA’s votewinner squeezes life out of payday lending

    The FTSE illegal loan shark index, if there were such a thing, would be up sharply this week on the Financial Conduct...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. July 15, 2014

    Reynolds / Lorillard: smoke signals

    “Recognise that ultimate success comes from opportunistic, bold moves which, by definition, cannot be planned,” F. Ross...

  9. July 15, 2014

    Reynolds American agrees $27bn deal for Lorillard

    Reynolds American is buying Lorillard for $27.4bn in a complex four-way deal that will reshape the $90bn US tobacco market....

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. FT Alphaville

    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...

  13. July 11, 2014

    London banks bounce back

    The FTSE 100 bounced in opening trade on Friday, with the sharp selling of the previous session attracting bargain hunters,...

  14. June 27, 2014

    IPOs: the good, the bad and the ugly

    They are dropping like flies. This week Liberty Living, a student accommodation fund, pulled its planned initial public...

  15. June 26, 2014

    Imperial’s logistics venture gears up to deliver IPO payday

    Logista, the logistics division of Imperial Tobacco, will float with a market capitalisation of up to €1.9bn when it comes...

  16. June 13, 2014

    Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

    Buy: Imperial Tobacco (IMT) Imperial remains attractive thanks to the generous dividend yield, which will hopefully be...

  17. 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...

  18. FT Alphaville

    June 10, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE **The Great Camp Alphaville Robot LOTTERY – We’re raffling off the opportunity to...

  19. 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...

  20. June 10, 2014

    Imperial Tobacco set to spin off Logista distribution arm

    Imperial Tobacco is to spin off its south European logistics arm via an initial public offering on the Spanish stock market...

  21. beyondbrics

    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...

  22. May 19, 2014

    Imperial Tobacco creeps to record high

    Imperial Tobacco crept to a record high on Monday after Goldman Sachs reheated long-standing bid speculation. Having been on...

  23. May 9, 2014

    Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

    Buy: Imperial Tobacco (IMT) Imperial’s undemanding price-to-earnings ratio and generous dividend policy make the stock...

  24. FT Alphaville

    May 7, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE So Socgen is really, absolutely, without doubt committed to Russia, notes Izzy. NEWS...

  25. May 7, 2014

    Imperial Tobacco profits fall 22% as declining smoking rates bite

    Imperial Tobacco posted a 22 per cent drop in pre-tax profits as it restructures against a backdrop of tightening regulation...

  26. April 24, 2014

    Maul of the same growls on pay for Barclays’ Jenkins

    And lo, a day of judgment came upon “Saint” Antony Jenkins of the house of Barclays. He was cast among ravening lions – the...

  27. April 18, 2014

    Week in Review, April 19

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Citi beats estimates as costs of Mexico...

  28. FT Photo Diary

    April 16, 2014

    Imperial Tobacco protest in Gaul

    Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP An employee of the Seita-Imperial Tobacco plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book...

  29. April 15, 2014

    Imperial Tobacco to cut jobs and shut factories in UK and France

    Imperial Tobacco, owner of the Gauloises and Embassy brands, is to shut the last cigarette factory in mainland Britain and...

  30. April 15, 2014

    Existential angst for Imperial Tobacco

    Imperial Tobacco plans to close a Nantes factory best-known for producing Gauloises, cigarettes that once imbued the most...

  31. 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...

  32. March 25, 2014

    More women on the board but men still get top jobs

    The UK is on course to hit a government target of 25 per cent female membership of FTSE 100 boards by the end of next year,...

  33. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Smokers to cough up for above-inflation duty rise

    George Osborne has won few friends among the huddled masses who gather for a smoke outside office blocks and pubs with his...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. March 6, 2014

    Imperial edges higher on sector M&A talk

    Imperial Tobacco was edging higher amid growing speculation about the sector’s next wave of M&A. News this week that...

  37. 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...

  38. February 16, 2014

    ‘Say on pay’ pioneers make it safely over the first hurdle

    The sense of relief from EasyJet that it had successfully navigated its annual meeting on Thursday was almost tangible....

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