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  1. April 19, 2013

    A brief lesson in letter-writing

    This column will tell you: • How to write an email that will produce the results you want; • Why the scientific method can...

  2. April 5, 2011

    BAT to market nicotine without the smokes

    British American Tobacco is setting up a business to commercialise non-tobacco nicotine products that could help wean...

  1. February 24, 2011

    BAT’s buy-back falls shy of expectations

    British American Tobacco met analysts’ expectations with a 7.5 per cent rise in pre-tax profits for last year, but...

  2. December 1, 2010

    US discloses tally for key crude oil hub

    The US said the key crude pipeline hub of Cushing, Oklahoma, had 45.9m barrels of working storage capacity, disclosing an...

  3. November 26, 2010

    Sparkling results

    All these wines are champagnes except for the first two. Pink champagne tends to be overpriced, so I have not included any...

  4. October 28, 2010

    BAT hurt by floods and declining volumes

    British American Tobacco blamed illicit trade, a declining market for cigarettes in the western world and devastating floods...

  5. July 28, 2010

    Emerging markets light up BAT sales

    BAT said early signs of growth in emerging markets were slowing the rate of underlying sales decline at the group.Reporting...

  6. July 28, 2010

    BAT lifted by purchase of Indonesia’s Bentoel

    British American Tobacco said on Wednesday that price rises and its acquisition last year of Indonesia’s Bentoel helped push...

  7. June 26, 2010

    The big name

    Tobacco companies tend to promote from within.After Alison Cooper was given the top job at Imperial Tobacco, British...

  8. June 25, 2010

    Durante to take the helm at BAT

    Paul Adams will retire next year after seven years as chief executive of British American Tobacco and will be succeeded by...

  9. June 24, 2010

    Adams to retire as BAT chief executive

    Nicandro Durante: will be BAT’s first non-British head Paul Adams will retire next year after seven years as chief executive...

  10. April 28, 2010

    Brand gains offset shrinking market for BAT

    The popularity of brands such as Lucky Strike and Pall Mall cigarettes continues to boost sales at British American Tobacco,...

  11. February 26, 2010

    BAT benefits from increased cigarette prices

    Raising prices in spite of the recession buoyed profits at British American Tobacco, which makes Dunhill, Kent and Lucky...

  12. February 25, 2010

    BAT benefits from increased cigarette prices

    Raising prices in spite of the recession buoyed profits at British American Tobacco, which makes Dunhill, Kent and Lucky...

  13. October 29, 2009

    BAT firm on price increase in face of sales fall

    British American Tobacco said it remained confident of its ability to push through price increases in 2010, in spite of...

  14. October 28, 2009

    BAT firm on price increase as sales fall

    British American Tobacco said it remained confident of its ability to push through price increases in 2010, in spite of...

  15. October 24, 2009

    Krug and kudos

    A stellar cast of City names that could be dropped right into the next Mrs Moneypenny column gathered to raise a glass of...

  16. July 31, 2009

    Pricing power boosts BAT

    British American Tobacco underlined the growing pricing power of tobacco companies yesterday after beating market...

  17. June 17, 2009

    BAT / Bentoel

    Innovation, swears chief executive Paul Adams, means everything to British American Tobacco. Fighting smoke bans,...

  18. May 9, 2009

    No-nonsense chief fired up by innovation

    Sitting in the glass-fronted private dining room that overlooks the Thames, Paul Adams, the no-nonsense chief executive of...

  19. May 9, 2009

    Innovation fires up BAT's chief

    Sitting in the glass-fronted private dining room that overlooks the Thames, Paul Adams, the no-nonsense chief executive of...

  20. May 7, 2009

    BAT reports fall in premium brand growth

    Global demand for premium cigarettes appeared to be showing its first sign of weakness after British American Tobacco...

  21. October 26, 2008

    Thrift threat to premium cigarettes market

    Tobacco companies could see sales of premium cigarettes slow next year as smokers adopt thriftier habits amid a worsening...

  22. September 26, 2008

    Absence of old hands prompts boardroom concern

    As the economy spirals downward, concern is mounting that many of the nation's largest companies are being led by people...

  23. September 25, 2008

    Experience shows experience counts

    As the UK economy spirals downward, there is mounting concern that many of the nation’s largest companies are being led by...

  24. May 1, 2008

    BAT casts its gaze to Africa

    British American Tobacco is continuing to study acquisition opportunities, particularly in Algeria and Egypt, its chief...

  25. February 29, 2008

    BAT in £2bn deal to buy control of Danish group

    British American Tobacco, the owner of Dunhill and Kent cigarettes, yesterday confirmed it would buy the Danish group that...

  26. February 28, 2008

    BAT confirms £2bn Nordic cigarette deal

    British American Tobacco on Thursday confirmed the purchase of Denmark-based Skandinavisk Tobakskompagni, one of the Nordic...

  27. February 23, 2008

    BAT Tekel deal to draw market share from Turkey's Marlboro men

    British American Tobacco has strengthened its presence in Turkey, the eighth-largest tobacco market in the world, by...

  28. February 23, 2008

    BAT win reinforces Turkish presence

    British American Tobacco has strengthened its presence in Turkey, the world's eighth-largest tobacco market, outgunning...

  29. February 23, 2008

    BAT win boosts Turkish presence

    British American Tobacco has strengthened its presence in Turkey, the world's eighth-largest tobacco market, outgunning...

  30. February 22, 2008

    BAT win boosts Turkish presence

    British American Tobacco has strengthened its presence in Turkey, the world’s eighth-largest tobacco market, outgunning...

  31. July 26, 2007

    BAT sees slowdown after strong first quarter

    British American Tobacco, the world’s second biggest cigarette maker, experienced strong growth in first-half pre-tax profit...

  32. FT Alphaville

    July 6, 2007

    People: Fairweather friends at Wimbledon

    Several matches were played on Centre Court on Thursday, but the attendance of corporate heavy-hitters at Wimbledon has been...

  33. July 6, 2007

    Play at SW19, shock

    Several matches were played on Centre Court yesterday, but attendance of corporate executives has been poor at Wimbledon...

  34. July 3, 2007

    The butt stops where?

    Perish the thought that top executives forced out of their offices for a puff by the smoking ban from this week would have...

  35. July 3, 2007

    Sweating it in Savile Row suits

    Swapping his sharp suits for gym kit, Harold Tillman, the indefatigable 61-year-old fashion entrepreneur who owns Jaeger, is...

  36. FT Alphaville

    March 29, 2007

    BAT in talks with private equity over Altadis bid

    BAT is in talks with private equity firms over a possible bid for Altadis, reports The Times. The talks are thought to be...

  37. March 17, 2007

    Altadis rejects buy approach from Imperial

    Altadis, the Franco-Spanish tobacco group, early on Saturday rejected an £8bn approach by Imperial Tobacco, saying the...

  38. March 2, 2007

    BAT pledges to raise dividend

    British American Tobacco, the world's second-largest cigarette-maker, pledged to ramp up its share buy-back programme and...

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