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  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 30- Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs kept them short of an elusive final deal. Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would cut trade...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 30- Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs were preventing them from reaching an elusive final deal. Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which...

  • LONDON, July 29- British American Tobacco expects its legal challenge to the implementation of "plain packaging" of tobacco in Britain to be heard in court in December, with possible final resolution by the end of 2016, a senior executive said. Britain adopted a law in March that would prohibit tobacco products from being sold with any branding, colours or logos.

  • Better economy spurs Altria cigarette sales Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    Marlboro maker Altria Inc. has now seen two straight quarters of upticks in cigarettes sold. Altria said it estimate total industry sales of cigarettes held even with last year. Altria said part of the 3.1 percent increase resulted from retailers' inventory movements, which often come when they stock up ahead of a price increase.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- Australia is pleased with discussions with Pacific Rim trading partners on resolving disputes with foreign investors but will not agree to a regional trade pact unless it wins more access to the U.S. sugar market, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Tuesday. In an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of talks aimed at...

  • The United States, New Zealand and Australia are pushing hard for Canada to open up its protected dairy market and allow more imports, complaining that the country has not given its trade partners a sign it is ready to talk and even mulling a TPP without Canada. Sugar refiner Imperial Sugar Co, part of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, says Australia should be allowed to...

  • Imperial Tobacco Canada, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Plc, JTI-Macdonald Corp, part of Japan Tobacco Inc, and Rothmans, Benson& Hedges Inc- a subsidiary of Philip Morris International- had originally been ordered by a lower court judge to deposit the amount in trust with their attorneys.

  • Philip Morris expands e-cigarette deal with Altria Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    LONDON, July 16- Philip Morris International and its American counterpart Altria Group announced on Thursday an expansion of their agreement on e-cigarettes to include research and development, as the market for tobacco alternatives continues to evolve. The companies, which split from each other in 2008, said in 2013 that Philip Morris would have the...

  • REUTERS BUSINESS NEW SCHEDULE AT 1500 GMT/11 AM ET Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK- Aetna Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini says he is confident that an antitrust review of its proposed purchase of Humana Inc will allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns of significant regulatory hurdles. ATHENS/ FRANKFURT- Greece's outspoken finance minister resigns, removing a major obstacle...

  • June 30- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data and comments on liquid nicotine as it considers warning the public about the dangers of its exposure amid a rise in electronic cigarette use. More Americans are using e-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices than a year ago, a Reuters/ Ipsos poll showed in June.

  • Philip Morris International Inc has hired more than 400 scientists and technical staff at its research facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland, including toxicologists, chemists, biologists, biostatisticians and regulatory affairs experts. Altria Group Inc, makers of Marlboro, has recruited dozens of scientific and healthcare experts, as have independent...

  • OTTAWA, June 1- Three tobacco companies said on Monday they would appeal a Canadian court ruling that awarded more than C $15 billion in damages to Quebec smokers in two related class action cases. Imperial Tobacco Canada, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco PLC, JTI-Macdonald Corp, part of Japan Tobacco Inc Group and Rothmans, Benson& Hedges Inc- a subsidiary...

  • OTTAWA, June 1- Three tobacco companies said on Monday they would appeal a Canadian court ruling that awarded more than C $15 billion in damages to Quebec smokers in two related class action cases. The damages would compensate about 100,000 Quebec smokers and ex-smokers who alleged that the companies knew they were selling a harmful product that was causing...

  • The award was first made in 2003 for a class of 1.4 million Illinois smokers, but it was struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2005. A lower Illinois court revived the verdict last year. Former Illinois governor Jim Thompson, arguing for Philip Morris, a unit of Altria Group Inc, said the Supreme Court's 2005 ruling should stand. Richmond, Virginia- based...

  • Early movers: AOL, WHR, PM, CBS, NOK & more Friday, 8 May 2015 | 7:47 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Tobacco CEO: If you start smoking, try this Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 12:03 PM ET
    Andre Calantzopoulos, CEO of Philip Morris.

    Philip Morris International wants smokers to move to "reduced risk" products, CEO Andre Calantzopoulos tells CNBC.

  • World Bank's pension investments clash with values Monday, 4 May 2015 | 10:26 AM ET
    Dr. Jim Kim, president of the World Bank.

    World Bank invests part of its $18.8 bn staff pension fund in companies in industries, holdings that clash with the institution's own calls.

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- The World Bank indirectly invests part of its $18.8 billion staff pension fund in companies in industries such as coal and tobacco, holdings that clash with the development institution's own calls for ethical and low-carbon investing. In an internal post to staff seen by Reuters, the World Bank's treasurer said around 40 percent of the fund's...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- The World Bank indirectly invests part of its $18.8 billion staff pension fund in companies in industries such as coal and tobacco, holdings that clash with the development institution's own calls for ethical and low-carbon investing. In an internal post to staff seen by Reuters, the World Bank's treasurer said around 40 percent of the fund's...

  • Lightning Round: Cut your losses on this Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET
    Mad Money Lightning Round

    Are you ready skeedaddy???!!! It's time for the Lightning Round. Cramer makes the call on viewer favorites.