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(...)

Marlboro maker Altria Group sank the most since 2008.  Photograph: Reuters

Tobacco shares tumbled after the US Food and Drug Administration said it will seek tougher regulations on nicotine levels to curb addiction, threateni(...)

Reynolds shareholders will receive $29.44 in cash and 0.5260 BAT shares for each of their shares under the terms of the deal,

British American Tobacco said on Tuesday it had agreed terms to buy US rival Reynolds American after it increased its offer for the 57.8 per cent of t(...)

The ‘Economist’  was giving away free kopi luwak coffee in a bid to get people to subscribe. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Planet Business

Image of the week: Brain stimulants The ‘Economist’ magazine is “stimulating and challenging”, just like the free kopi luwak coffee that it was givin(...)

The Rape Crisis Centre said this ad in a newspaper from the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign is “misogynistic”.

The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland has called for the immediate withdrawal of an advertisement aimed at raising awareness of alcohol abuse.The network(...)

Steep duties are currently levied on traditional cigarettes but not on ecigarettes, making the tobacco-free alternatives much cheaper.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The European Commission is considering taxing ecigarettes in the same way as their traditional cousins in a move that would drastically increase the c(...)

British American Tobacco reported an accelerated decline in the number of cigarettes sold, citing economic pressures on smokers around the world to re(...)

Stocktake

One person expecting a bear market is Marc “Dr Doom” Faber, who last week warned that the S&P 500 was facing a 30 per cent drop. Faber famo(...)

BAT’s move back into Burma comes as a steady stream of western companies, such as Norway’s Telenor, are looking to do business in a state once shunned by the international community.

British American Tobacco is returning to Burma a decade after campaigners forced the world’s second-largest tobacco company by market share to leave t(...)

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