LONDON -- After receiving the go-ahead from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to proceed with its plans to acquire American Tobacco Co., B.A.T. Industries here announced dramatic work force reductions and other sweeping changes. About 1,230 U.S. field sales personnel will be laid off as B.A.T. goes about its aim of consolidating the operations of its American subsidiary Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., Louisville, Ky., with its new acquisition. "We are offering about 150 former ...
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