Tobacco companies are trying to diversify away from their core product. Imperial’s website bears the motto: “From tobacco to something better.”
In early morning trading in London, shares in Whitbread were up by 1.8% at £39.63.
In a series of posts, the president suggested Harley Davidson would not be able to sell bikes back into the US from Thailand “without paying a big tax”.
Countrywide, which has brands including Bairstow Eves and Gascoigne Pees, said it expected first-half earnings to be about £20m lower than last year.
The retailer will now go ahead and shut 31 of its 59 shops nationwide, and also impose huge rent cuts on 10 others that it intends to keep.
Iron ore has helped to raise living standards in the country, supercharge pension funds, and bankroll governments.
The values of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple all fell on the news.
Shares in Debenhams fell as much as 16% in early trading before recovering slightly.
Under the deal, all the group’s retail customers will be moved to Virgin Money over the next three years.
The company is refocusing its business on civil aerospace, defence and power systems.