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  • *H1 EPS 101.8 pence vs forecast 102 pence. LONDON, July 30- British American Tobacco reported lower revenue and profit for the six months ended June 30, hurt by the strong British pound and a slight decline in volume.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- When Imperial Tobacco Group Plc agreed Tuesday to buy a group of brands from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc as part of their merger, the British company insisted the assets include Lorillard's blu e-cigarette unit.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc's proposed $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc shows how the tobacco company is placing its bets on the market for menthols even as a growing number of smokers opt for e-cigarettes.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc's proposed $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc shows how the tobacco company is placing its bets on the market for menthols even as a growing number of smokers opt for e-cigarettes.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- Reynolds American Inc had no choice but to sell Lorillard Inc's top-selling blu electronic cigarettes brand after Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc insisted it be part of a wider portfolio of assets it is buying, a source familiar with the transaction said.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc said it would buy rival Lorillard Inc for about $25 billion, merging two of the world's biggest cigarette makers amid a slowdown in sales. Reynolds, whose brands include Camel and Pall Mall, offered $68.88 per Lorillard share, representing a premium of 2.5 percent to Lorillard's Monday closing.

  • *Reynolds, Lorillard marriage seen making $500 mln savings. LONDON, July 11- U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc is in talks to acquire rival Lorillard Inc in a multi-billion dollar deal that would reshape one of the world's biggest and most profitable tobacco markets, the companies said on Friday.

  • UPDATE 3-Reynolds, Lorillard confirm takeover talks Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    *Lorillard market value is $22.9 bln. LONDON, July 11- U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc is in talks to acquire rival Lorillard Inc in a multi-billion dollar deal that would include the sale of some brands to Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc, the companies said on Friday.

  • *Reynolds, Lorillard not available to comment. LONDON, July 11- U.S cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc are in talks on a possible multi-billion dollar disposal to Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc, as part of efforts to ease antitrust concerns over their planned merger.

  • LONDON, July 11- Imperial Tobacco, the world's fourth-largest tobacco group, said on Friday it was in talks with Reynolds and Lorillard to acquire certain assets and brands that could be sold by the two companies. Reynolds and Lorillard are in advanced talks about a deal that would merge the No.2 and No.3 U.S. cigarette makers, Reuters has previously reported.

  • Lorillard and Reynolds American near merger Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 1:06 PM ET
    Newport cigarettes, made by Lorillard Inc.

    Sources told CNBC that a Lorillard and Reynolds American merger is weeks away, although the companies have not fully negotiated terms.

  • July 3- Tobacco majors Lorillard Inc and Reynolds American Inc are likely to merge as early as end of July, CNBC reported, citing sources.

  • June 26- Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc cut its earnings forecast for 2014 and said it is proving to be a "complex and truly atypical" year for the company.

  • BAYREUTH, Germany, June 18- It takes a British American Tobacco factory machine three minutes to load 4 million cigarettes onto a truck in northern Bavaria- but it can take a lot longer to figure out whether those cigarettes end up where they should.

  • NEW YORK, June 11- Imperial Tobacco Group Plc is evaluating a deal for assets likely to be divested from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc if the two U.S. tobacco companies proceed with a proposed combination, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • LONDON, June 11- Japan Tobacco Inc has agreed to buy the maker of E-Lites, a leading brand of e-cigarettes in Britain, giving it entry into the fast-growing market for tobacco alternatives. Japan Tobacco said on Wednesday that it had agreed to buy all outstanding shares of E-Lites' parent company Zandera, founded in 2009..

  • European shares pause for breath ahead of data, ECB Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 4:29 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 flat. LONDON, June 3- European stocks gave up some of their recent gains on Tuesday ahead of inflation and unemployment data from the euro zone and Thursday's hotly anticipated European Central Bank meeting.

  • NEW YORK, May 30- When Lorillard Inc bought the blu eCigs brand two years ago, the electronic cigarette had a 10 percent share of a tiny U.S. market, generating about $50 million in sales.

  • LONDON, May 29- A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking.

  • Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON, May 29- A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking.