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    1. December 22, 2014

      Healthcare at heart of robust year in M&A

      Market wisdom has it that most takeovers destroy value in the long-run. But the world’s largest companies seem to have had...

    2. December 4, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Tobacco groups attack proposed profit levy

      Tobacco companies could be hit with millions of pounds of new taxes under a new levy proposed by the UK government. A...

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    1. November 24, 2014

      Debt issued by European companies heads for post-crisis high

      The amount of new debt – bonds and loans – issued by European companies is heading for a post-crisis high this year,...

    2. November 18, 2014

      Tobacco companies feel the heat as emerging markets burn out

      Emerging markets have long provided a breath of fresh air for tobacco companies. As the industry struggles with declining...

    3. November 4, 2014

      Primark’s fashionistas must avoid rivals’ wardrobe malfunctions

      Primark’s £5 T-shirts generally end up in one of three places: on a value conscious shopper; in a bargain bin discounted to...

    4. November 4, 2014

      Strong pound hits sales with revenues at Imperial Tobacco down 6%

      A strong pound has hit sales at Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth-largest tobacco company, cutting full-year revenues by...

    5. November 3, 2014

      Tobacco groups win right to challenge EU health rules

      Tobacco companies have won the right to challenge EU rules requiring health warnings on cigarette packaging and banning...

    6. October 22, 2014

      Strong pound drags on FTSE tobacco stocks

      Tobacco stocks were dragging on the FTSE 100 on Wednesday, after further insight into the impact of the strong pound on UK...

    7. September 30, 2014

      Multibillion cross-border deals make a return after five years

      It may have started in the US in the first few weeks of the year, but the global mergers and acquisitions boom of 2014 has...

    8. September 4, 2014

      Imperial Tobacco gains on economy hopes

      Black-market cigarettes account for 10 per cent of global consumption, equivalent to 85 sticks a year per person worldwide,...

    9. August 25, 2014

      Dealmaking surge shakes up consumer products industry

      Chocolate, frankfurters, coffee, cigarettes, lobster and bourbon. They sound like the ingredients for a particularly...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. July 15, 2014

      Reynolds / Lorillard: smoke signals

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

    20. 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....

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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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