Imperial Tobacco Group PLC


  • LONDON, Jan 22- The British government plans to introduce a law before May forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England, ending years of debate and lobbying. The move, aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of child smokers, is likely to crimp tobacco firms' profits and would emulate Australia, which two...

  • INSIGHT-The smoke around e-cig science Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Wide variety of e-cigs a problem for researchers. *Tobacco firms join e-cig companies in sponsoring research. LONDON, Jan 22- From Apple Pie to Bubbly Bubble Gum, Irish Car Bomb or Martian bar- from Mars!

  • U of Kentucky, Lorillard agree on use of 'Blu Nation' Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 3:37 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The University of Kentucky and Lorillard Inc. have settled a trademark dispute after the school opposed the tobacco company's use of "Blu Nation" for its e-cigarette loyalty program. The Greensboro, North Carolina- based company said Tuesday it has reached a non-financial agreement that will allow both parties to use their respective slogans "Blu...

  • HAVANA/ MIAMI, Dec 22- International rivals have a clear head start in Cuba but U.S. companies could catch up quickly if the economic embargo that has kept them away is dismantled in a new era of cooperation between Washington and Havana. "We've found it to be quite a stable and good place to do business and have had a lot of success there," said David Pathe, the chief...

  • European shares close flat after late recovery Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    Oil companies such as Statoil, Galp Energia and explorer Premier Oil fell by between 5.4 percent and 14.7 percent after Brent slipped below $72 following OPEC's decision on Thursday not to cut output, a move investors said would leave oil markets heavily oversupplied. The tobacco sector was boosted by mergers and acquisitions speculation after Bloomberg...

  • *64 percent of e-cigarette patents come from China. Research by Thomson Reuters shows that China- with over 300 million smokers- is the front runner in the manufacture and development of so-called e-cigarette technology, while new versions being patented include a "pay as you go" computer-assisted device and others that can deliver caffeine instead.

  • UPDATE 1-Marlboro HeatSticks on sale in Milan this week Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- Philip Morris International Inc, the world's largest tobacco company, plans to launch its new iQOS smokeless device and Marlboro HeatSticks in Milan, Italy on Thursday following a better-than-expected launch in Nagoya, Japan earlier this month. The burgeoning market for electronic cigarettes is a key battleground for Big Tobacco players such...

  • *Swedish Match looks to expand snus in U.S. market. But the future for main manufacturer Swedish Match may hinge on efforts to convince U.S. authorities these small pouches, banned on health grounds in the rest of the European Union, are less harmful than most other tobacco products. "It could potentially be an important catalyst," Swedish Match CEO Lars Dahlgren...

  • LONDON, Nov 4- Imperial Tobacco Group said it would raise its dividend by at least 10 percent in the next year, signalling confidence that cost cuts will help it to cope with weak consumer spending and higher taxes that weighed on its annual profit. The company also recently floated a portion of its logistics business, Logista, on the Spanish stock exchange, raising...

  • UPDATE 1-Imperial Tobacco results hurt by destocking Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 4- Imperial Tobacco Group reported declines in full-year revenue and profit on Tuesday, hurt by currency exchange rates and a reduction of inventories in several markets. It has tackled this by cutting costs, including closing factories, resulting in over 60 million pounds of savings in the year to Sept. 30. Adjusted earnings per share fell 3 percent to...

  • Imperial Tobacco results hurt by destocking Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 2:24 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 4- Imperial Tobacco Group reported declines in full-year revenue and profit on Tuesday, hurt by currency exchange rates and a reduction of inventories in several markets. The maker of Davidoff and Gauloises cigarettes said net revenue for the year to Sept. 30 fell 6 percent. Adjusted earnings per share fell 3 percent to 203.4 pence on a reported basis...

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Sept 12- As electronic cigarettes flew off shelves on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years, investors flocked to a business some hope will be the future for tobacco.

  • Sept 3- Lorillard Inc said two of its e-cigarette subsidiaries sued Zippo Manufacturing Co in the United Kingdom to protect itself from Zippo's claims of trademark infringement regarding the blu brand of e-cigarettes.

  • Aug 18- A German court has ordered a subsidiary of U.S. tobacco giant Lorillard Inc to stop selling the popular blu e-cigarettes in that country, citing trademark confusion with lighter and fuel products sold by Zippo Manufacturing Co..

  • Lorillard e-cigarette sales slip as competition rises Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    July 30- Lorillard Inc. on Wednesday reported significant declines in its electronic cigarettes sales, raising questions about the strength of the nascent market. Sales of its electronic devices dropped 35 percent to $37 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 compared to $57 million for the same period last year.

  • Value of worldwide M&A hits $2 trillion this year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Worldwide merger and acquisition activity has reached $2 trillion so far this year, up 75 percent from last year, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • What the Reynolds deal says about e-cig leader blu Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 5:28 PM ET
    A woman smoking a 'Blu' e-cigarette

    A huge merger between tobacco giants Reynolds American and Lorillard will see electronic cigarette leader blu go to another company.

  • The real winner in the Lorillard takeover: BAT Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    Reynolds American's purchase of Lorillard has plenty of benefits for the rival U.S. firms, but the real winner is British American Tobacco.

  • Reynolds to acquire rival Lorillard, ditch Kool Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    Reynolds American on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Lorillard in a deal the company valued at $27.4 billion.

  • Europe markets close flat; Portugal shares rise Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    European shares ended the day flat, as traders shrugged off some concerns about the condition of Portugal's banking sector.