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Reynolds American Rejects BAT’s $47 Billion Buyout Offer

  • U.S. cigarette seller said to seek a higher price during talks
  • BAT said to be willing to increase its offer price slightly
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Reynolds American Inc., the second-largest cigarette seller in the U.S., is seeking a higher price from British American Tobacco Plc after rejecting a $47 billion buyout offer as too low, according to people familiar with the matter.

The tobacco giants are in talks and BAT is willing to increase the price slightly, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details aren’t public. BAT, which already owns 42 percent of Reynolds, disclosed its proposal to acquire the rest of the company on Oct. 21.