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  • UK's FTSE ends strong first quarter with sharp drop Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 down 1.7 pct. The FTSE was down 115.11 points, or 1.7 percent, at 6,776.32 points at 1318 GMT but remained up 3.2 percent this year, heading for its biggest quarterly gain since the end of 2013.. Consumer staple stocks trimmed nearly 24 points off the blue-chip FTSE 100, weighed down by a 3.7 percent drop in Imperial Tobacco and a 2.8 percent fall in British...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.9 pct. Consumer staple stocks trimmed nearly 16 points off the blue-chip FTSE 100, weighed down by a 2.4 percent fall in British American Tobacco and a 2.6 percent drop in Imperial Tobacco. Imperial Tobacco hit record highs earlier this month and is up 13 percent since the deal was announced.

  • LONDON, March 11- Britain's parliament approved legislation on Wednesday to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country's $29 billion tobacco industry. "We want all children in our country to grow up free from the burden of disease that tobacco brings," Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a statement,...

  • LONDON, March 11- Britain's parliament approved legislation on Wednesday to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country's $29 billion tobacco industry. "We want all children in our country to grow up free from the burden of disease that tobacco brings," Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a statement,...

  • DUBLIN, March 3- Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move. Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group have said they would take legal action against the plan to ban the colourful logos used...

  • Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    DUBLIN, March 3- Ireland's parliament on Tuesday became the second in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move. Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group have announced they would take legal action against the move to ban the colourful...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Electronic cigarette firms in Italy say a new levy that doubles the price of e-liquid refills unfairly helps tobacco giants like Philip Morris International and will hurt their industry. The controversy centres on the fact that the lower rate is applied to both electronic cigarettes and to tobacco products such as Marlboro HeatSticks, which...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- British American Tobacco, the world's second-largest cigarette maker, said on Thursday it would take action against the UK government if it enacts a plan to put cigarettes in "plain packaging". The UK parliament is expected to vote on regulations to ban branding on cigarette packs before it is dissolved on March 30, in preparation for the general...

  • HAVANA, Feb 23- Cuban cigar-maker Habanos S.A. envisions gaining 25 percent to 30 percent of the U.S. premium cigar market if the United States lifts its trade embargo on Cuba, potentially selling 70 million to 90 million cigars per year, the company said on Monday. The prospect of the United States lifting its 53- year-old embargo improved after the United States...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- Imperial Tobacco Group reported a 4 percent decline in underlying tobacco volumes for its fiscal first quarter, in line with its broader markets, and stood by its outlook for the year. It blamed the timing of price increases, reduced trading in Iraq and lower sales of mass-market cigars in the United States ahead of a brand relaunch.

  • Mouth strips only on sale in Manchester and online for now. LONDON, Jan 25- Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds. For now it is only sold in the English city of Manchester and online.

  • Imperial Tobacco launches caffeinated mouth strips Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 9:39 AM ET

    *Mouth strips only on sale in Manchester and online for now. LONDON, Jan 25- Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds. For now it is only sold in the English city of Manchester and online.

  • 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!

  • 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...