File - In this March 8, 2012, file photo, Robert Maegerle, left, walks out of a federal courthouse with attorney Jerome Froelich Jr.
Reynolds American and Lorillard are in the final stages of agreeing a complex merger that will reshape Big Tobacco by bringing together two of the three largest US operators with a combined market capitalisation of $56bn.
Investors' radar screens have long been clear of the one blip guaranteed to sound the alarm in financial markets: interest rate rises by central banks.
A customer shops at a Mansfield, Texas, Family Dollar. The retailer will start offering different assortments of goods in its stores by regional cluster, to tailor its offerings more closely to individual markets.
Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 09.09.39 Credit: Amazon. Amazon has requested permission from the FAA to test drone deliveries just outside of Seattle.