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  • LONDON, July 11- European stocks opened firmer and lower-rated government bond prices edged up on Friday, as markets settled after a broad pullback overnight on concerns about Portugal's banking sector that highlighted contagion risk in the euro zone.

  • 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.

  • 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 groups. "Imperial would proceed with an acquisition only if its terms met strict transaction criteria," it said.

  • 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..

  • Europe closes mixed; Bank of Ireland falls Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    European shares closed mixed on Tuesday, after the German benchmark DAX hit an all-time high.

  • *Logista value could be circa 1.1 bln stg- analyst. LONDON, June 10- Imperial Tobacco Group plans to list its European logistics division Logista on the Spanish stock market, the British company said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, June 10- Imperial Tobacco Group is to seek a listing for its European logistics division Logista on the Spanish stock market, the British company said on Tuesday, as it focuses on its core cigarettes business.

  • LONDON, June 10- Imperial Tobacco Group is to seek a listing for its European logistics division Logista on the Spanish stock market, the British company said on Tuesday, as it focuses on its core cigarettes business.

  • MOSCOW, May 28- Russia may introduce minimum cigarette pricing as early as next year to curb smoking in a further restriction on the $20 billion market, business daily Vedomosti reported on Wednesday. Currently the cheapest pack of cigarettes in Russia sells at 39 roubles.

  • MOSCOW, May 7- Western investors from a bank to a brewer reported trouble in their Russian operations on Wednesday due to the Ukraine crisis, while the Kremlin suggested Washington was trying to sabotage President Vladimir Putin's flagship economic forum.

  • U.S. tech rout, earnings drag down European shares Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    *Results from SocGen, Carlsberg show Ukraine crisis has started to hit. LONDON, May 7- European stocks edged lower on Wednesday, as a selloff on Wall Street unsettled investors and results from brewer Carlsberg and bank Societe Generale showed the Ukraine crisis was starting to hurt large western companies.

  • LONDON, April 30- British American Tobacco, the world's No. 2 cigarette maker, posted improved sales volume for the first quarter, though foreign exchange rates were a big drag on revenue. Gains in Asian countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia were more than offset by declines in European markets such as Russia and Poland.

  • LONDON, April 3- Britain plans to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding to improve public health and cut the number of child smokers, a government minister said on Thursday, dismaying the industry and delighting anti-smoking campaigners.

  • LONDON, April 3- Britain looked set to force tobacco companies to standardise cigarette packaging after a government review said on Thursday that the move would help cut smoking rates, although ministers were criticised for delaying a final decision.

  • LONDON, April 3- Britain said on Thursday it was minded to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain standardised packaging and would hold a short consultation on the issue which could result in new regulations entering into force before May 2015.