... * BAT expects to buy Reynolds shares to keep current stake. * Imperial lining up about $7 bln to buy some brands-source. * Reynolds, Lorillard marriage seen making $500 mln savings.
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's government and central bank assured investors on Friday that the southern European country's financial system was sound, aiming to quell worry about the spillover effects of trouble at the Espirito Santo business empire.
Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an exemption from rules prohibiting the use of drones for commercial purposes.
A survey of business economists has found that the average forecast for GDP growth this year will be the slowest since the Great Recession.
U.S. stock benchmarks were mostly lower on Friday afternoon, putting them on track for their biggest weekly loss since April. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 30 points, or 0.2%, to 16885.