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The Week Ahead: Housebuilders to reveal effect of slowdown

Turmoil in the financial markets and worries about a slowing economy have taken their toll on house builders, many of whom are due to publish their results this week. Last week, in a cautionary 16-page note, Dresdner Kleinwort said that updates are "expected to show the grim reality following builders' trading statements indicating it was too early to call the spring selling season", adding: "We reckon it will be dreadful."

BAT wins auction for Turkey's state tobacco firm with $1.72bn bid

British American Tobacco has agreed to pay $1.72bn (£870m) to buy Tekel, Turkey's state-owned cigarette maker, in a move which will pit it against Philip Morris International in the world's eighth largest tobacco market.

Wanted: black singers (but don't tell the race watchdog)

One of Britain's leading pop impresarios, Jonathan Shalit, is involved in a humdinger of a dispute with the Commission for Racial Equality.

A tribute to Jeremy Atiyah - the first travel editor of 'The Independent on Sunday'

Jeremy Atiyah (30/12/62 to 12/04/06), died suddenly last month while walking in Umbria. Here we publish the last piece he wrote for these pages, a humorous tale from his travels in Egypt

BAT signals that yet more factories will close to cut costs

British American Tobacco yesterday signalled further factory closures were likely as it raised its cost-cutting targets after reporting a jump in profits. The group, which owns the Lucky Strike, Kent, Dunhill and Pall Mall brands, is targeting "substantial" savings from its supply chain as it tries to integrate recent acquisitions such as Italy's ETI. It has recently shut factories in the UK and Canada, cutting more than 1,000 jobs.

Government remains tight-lipped on BAT investigation

The Government has refused to explain why it decided to investigate allegations of smuggling by British American Tobacco (BAT) in secret.

BAT drops out of Bulgarian venture

British American Tobacco (BAT) suffered another setback yesterday in its plans to expand into new cigarette markets, as political uncertainty in Bulgaria forced it to withdraw from bidding for the country's tobacco monopoly.

China bans new tobacco factories

Cigarette factories will not be allowed to be built in China, according to local newspaper reports yesterday, thereby thwarting the ambitions of Western companies such as British American Tobacco (BAT) to crack what is the world's biggest tobacco market.

Tobacco chiefs under fire on smuggling

Tobacco chiefs were challenged by MPs yesterday on whether they were devoting enough resources to stub out cigarette smuggling, a trade that costs the UK taxpayer £3bn a year in lost revenues.

Blair holiday to be investigated

Business Analysis: BAT hit by fresh claims it used smuggling to expand into Asia

DTI under pressure after investigation of tobacco giant was dropped in March
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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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