Imperial Brands expects alternatives to smoking such as vaping pens and a heated tobacco device to add up to 1.5 billion pounds ($2 billion) to its revenues by 2020, the British tobacco company said on Tuesday.
Britain's William Hill expanded further into the United States on Wednesday, signing a 25-year sports betting deal with casino operator Eldorado Resorts Inc .
* CEO sees positive impact on results from deal (Adds shares, context on betting industry, CEO, analysts comments)
* UK and Ireland net fees up 2 pct
(Adds shares, comments, CEO comments)
Britain's competition regulator on Thursday launched a formal investigation into supermarket group Sainsbury's proposed 7.3 billion pounds ($9.3 billion) takeover of smaller rival Asda, the UK arm of Walmart .
British floor coverings distributor Headlam Group warned on Wednesday its full-year results would likely be at the lower end of analysts' expectations following a drop in first-half underlying sales, sending its shares down 6.6 percent.
Shares in Britain's Rank Group fell as much as 7 percent on Thursday after the bingo and casino hall operator posted a 40 percent drop in full-year profit and its new management announced a plan to boost revenue and cut costs.
British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser bumped up revenue targets for the year, as the Dettol-maker benefited from its 13 billion pound deal to buy Mead Johnson, sending its shares up more than 8 percent.
LONDON Premier Foods' CEO survived a shareholder revolt to oust him on Wednesday, giving him more time to try turning around the ailing British food maker with steps such as divestments.
British furniture retailers Dunelm and DFS provided more signs of a darkening consumer mood on Thursday, a summer heatwave and operational issues adding to headaches as both warned on full-year earnings.