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Market Report: Tobacco groups warned over vanishing smokers

The tobacco companies found themselves among yesterday's major fallers on the blue-chip index, as analysts examined a doomsday scenario in which smoking dies out.

The Week Ahead: ARM's prospects linked to sales growth at Apple

Shares in the chip-maker ARM Holdings have been much in demand in recent weeks after rumours of a potential takeover resurfaced. That chat, along with a good contract win with Samsung, almost sent the Cambridge-based company's shares to an eight-year high in September.

Market Report: Budget hopes boost the mood around William Hill

William Hill was among the risers as the London market ended the week on a negative note, snapping its seven session-long winning streak last night.

Banks and BA have 'shocking reputation'

Royal Mail, British Airways and state-controlled banks Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds are among the big British companies that have a "shockingly poor reputation among consumers", a survey has revealed. British American Tobacco, the cigarette maker, has the worst corporate reputation out of 140 companies, but it is closely followed by Royal Bank of Scotland in 138th place and Lloyds TSB Group in 136th, according to the Reputation Institute's UK Pulse Report 2010.

Australia to ban logos on cigarette packets

Australia is poised to introduce the world's harshest anti-smoking laws, with tobacco companies forced to sell cigarettes in plain packets resembling prescription drug packs.

The Week Ahead: Whitbread goes full steam ahead with Premier Inn

Analysts expect another positive update from Premier Inn-owner Whitbread, with many in the City anticipating a positive outlook with the hospitality group's full-year figures this Thursday.

The Last Word: Shining knight must turn his jousting stick on evil overlords

New Liverpool chairman may be on the fans' side but until he somehow shifts the power from cash-conscious US owners, nothing can change

Market Report: Hopes for profits send Wolseley higher

The construction materials group Wolseley saw its shares trade higher as the bulls, lured by hopes of a turning point in earnings, outflanked the bears last night.

Inflation-busting pay rises for non-executive directors

FTSE-100 chairmen and internal pay watchdogs get salary and fee increases

BAT attacks ban on vending machines

British American Tobacco has launched a scathing attack on the Government's plans to ban vending machines in pubs and displaying cigarettes in shops, as it toasted a jump in profits and revenues.

The Week Ahead: RBS and Lloyds to post £12bn losses

Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group will announce their 2009 results this week, but analysts predict both are some way from profitability. The two British giants, both of which have been propped up by the Government, are expected to be overshadowed by Barclays' stellar results from last week, which helped drive the stock up almost 20 per cent since the start of the week.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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