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Growing concerns about the ability of markets to withstand the impact of coronavirus on real-world economies took its toll on Friday as markets eased (...)

US health officials have reported more than 2,000 cases of vaping-related lung illness and 47 deaths linked to its use in the country. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The world’s second largest tobacco maker, British American Tobacco (BAT), said on Wednesday a slowdown in the US vaping market would lead to lower rev(...)

Royal Mail plummeted 14.2% in London after warning its turnaround plan was running behind schedule. Photograph: PA Wire

European stocks were under pressure on Thursday after a political stand-off between the US and China cast severe doubt over prospects of a trade deal.(...)

Philip Morris International is in merger talks with Altria in a deal that would combine the international and US makers of Marlboro, creating a tobacco giant with a market value of more than $210 billion. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images

Philip Morris International is in merger talks with Altria in a deal that would combine the international and US makers of Marlboro, creating a tobacc(...)

Smurfit Kappa had a strong day on the Iseq, with the paper and packaging company bouncing 3.6 per cent to €29.56. Photograph: Luke Mac Gregor/Bloomberg

European equities staged a sharp recovery after last week’s market carnage and a sluggish Monday session as most sectors rallied and investors turned (...)

Brian Cowen. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brian Cowen Former taoiseach Brian Cowen retired from politics in February 2011, having served as leader since May 2008. The Co Offaly politician, (...)

Subsidies in areas such as solar storage and wind power mean they are “becoming economic far faster than anyone realised”, billionaire Jeremy Grantham says. Photograph: VCG

Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund is set to divest from fossil fuel stocks, the Church of Ireland has pledged to do likewise by 2022, while Norway’s $1 (...)

Wall Street stocks rose on Friday as solid results from Microsoft lifted technology stocks. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

European shares fell on Friday as earnings updates disappointed, with automotive sector stocks bearing the brunt of trade tensions that caused a sell-(...)

Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and BP were both up about 1.5 per cent as oil prices hit their highest in over three years after a report that top exporter Saudi Arabia was pushing for higher prices. Photograph: Reuters

Earnings and trade anxiety set the tone on stock markets, amid a mixed slate of results. The FTSE 100 in London rose after commodity stocks were boost(...)

Paper and packaging group Smurfit Kappa rose in line with European paper-makers. Photograph: Bloomberg

A flutter of cautious optimism on global trade helped European shares advance on Friday, sealing their third straight week of gains, although a turn l(...)

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