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  1. 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...

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    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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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....

  11. February 13, 2014

    Imperial ‘reviewing options’ about possible Logista float

    Imperial Tobacco is considering spinning out its European logistics business in an initial public offering this year. The...

  12. February 10, 2014

    ‘Diversity deficit’ threatens FTSE 100 companies’ competitiveness

    Two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies still have an all-white executive leadership, according to research which warns that a...

  13. January 31, 2014

    Renewed takeover talk boosts Imperial Tobacco

    Imperial Tobacco beat a weak London market yesterday after Goldman Sachs analysts reheated longstanding takeover...

  14. January 17, 2014

    Proportion of women on FTSE 100 boards tops 20%

    The proportion of women on FTSE 100 boards has topped 20 per cent for the first time, raising hopes that the UK government’s...

  15. December 30, 2013

    Cigars face extinction in Britain by 2026

    The era when deals in the City of London were sealed amid a fug of late-night cigar smoke is drawing to a close. Over the...

  16. December 29, 2013

    Big employers sign up to gender equality initiative

    More than 140 large employers have signed up to a UK government initiative to improve gender equality in the workplace amid...

  17. December 27, 2013

    Openings for women in the boardroom

    What do Glencore Xstrata, the London Stock Exchange and Antofagasta have in common? They are the three FTSE 100 companies...

  18. December 10, 2013

    Women stuck in corporate slow lane as men dominate race to top

    A man who starts his career with a FTSE 100 company is four and a half times more likely to reach the executive committee...

  19. 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...

  20. November 28, 2013

    Tobacco: what it says on the tin

    Only two things are certain in the debate over plain packaging for tobacco products. The anti-tobacco lobby will produce...

  21. November 18, 2013

    Severn Trent poaches BT executive for CEO

    Severn Trent is to become one of only three FTSE 100 companies with a female boss after announcing that Liv Garfield would...

  22. 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...

  23. November 8, 2013

    Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

    Buy: Imperial Tobacco A market-beating dividend yield is keeping income seekers interested even though the share price...

  24. November 5, 2013

    Imperial Tobacco confident of catching e-cigarette revolution

    The chief executive of Imperial Tobacco denied claims that the tobacco group had fallen behind its rivals in the race to...

  25. September 6, 2013

    Talk of another cost-cutting round boosts Thomas Cook

    Thomas Cook , London’s best-performing large cap stock over the past year, led the market higher on Friday on talk of...

  26. August 15, 2013

    Tobacco – volume and value

    Like smoke from Frank Sinatra’s cigarette the global tobacco sector has climbed 40 per cent over the past two years. That is...

  27. August 15, 2013

    Imperial Tobacco suffers amid EU spending squeeze

    Tobacco sales in the EU have weakened further as a consequence of the public spending squeeze, unemployment and illicit...

  28. August 15, 2013

    FTSE 100 falls as investors turn cautious

    London equity markets remained lower on Thursday, even as UK retail sales rose at their fastest pace in two years in July....

  29. August 1, 2013

    Tobacco groups blast Australia tax rise

    Tobacco companies have attacked Australian government plans to raise A$5.3bn (US$4.7bn) through increased taxes on...

  30. July 17, 2013

    Unilever slides on earnings worries

    Earnings worries put Unilever among London’s biggest fallers on Wednesday. Weaker emerging markets meant Unilever’s sales...

  31. July 17, 2013

    London’s FTSE climbs as miners rally

    Fresnillo led London’s mining sector higher on Wednesday after the Mexican silver miner said it was on track to meet its...

  32. July 8, 2013

    Lombard: Full-time bank bosses risk getting Stockholm syndrome

    The chancellor has swallowed a whale in endorsing MPs’ recommendation that reckless banking should be made illegal. Curious...

  33. June 19, 2013

    Smoking: Plain packaging war smoulders

    When James Reilly, the Irish health minister, announced in May that he would introduce legislation next year requiring that...

  34. June 18, 2013

    Tobacco industry looks to ecigarettes for growth

    Demand for electronic cigarettes is booming – and big tobacco companies are hoping to get a piece of the fast growing $1bn...

  35. June 11, 2013

    Credit Suisse appoints first woman to lead UK M&A

    Credit Suisse has appointed Madelaine McTernan to lead its UK mergers and acquisitions (M&A) business – the first woman to...

  36. May 28, 2013

    Ireland plans to adopt plain packaging of cigarettes

    Ireland plans to become the second country in the world to ban all branding on cigarette packets following a decision on...

  37. May 19, 2013

    Pimco shuns ‘grim’ high yield sectors

    Investors should avoid US shares offering high levels of dividend income because valuations have reached risky levels, says...

  38. May 7, 2013

    Finance remains most common route to the top at FTSE 100 groups

    A career in finance remains the most common route to the top of FTSE 100 companies, research by a recruitment firm has...

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