** Tobacco and spirits stocks down 1-3 pct after China devalues the yuan following a run of poor economic data
** British American Tobacco, which has a JV with China National Tobacco Corp, was down 2.2 pct and Imperial Tobacco falls 2.4 pct
** China - with over 300 million smokers- is the second biggest tobacco market in the world after the U.S
** Spirits makers such as Britain’s Diageo fell 1.5 pct, SABMiller down 2 pct, Pernod Ricard declines 2.4 pct while Anheuser-Busch InBev ABI.BR> down 2.3 pct, hurt by a slowdown in China
** The yuan hit a four-year low after China pushed the currency down overnight following Tuesday’s devaluation.
** The slump in the yuan has also affected carmakers and European luxury goods stocks, for whom China is an important export market