August 12, 2015 / 8:38 AM / 2 years ago

BUZZ-Tobacco and spirits stocks dive on yuan jitters

** Tobacco and spirits stocks down 1-3 pct after China devalues the yuan following a run of poor economic data

** British American Tobacco, which has a JV with China National Tobacco Corp, was down 2.2 pct and Imperial Tobacco falls 2.4 pct

** China - with over 300 million smokers- is the second biggest tobacco market in the world after the U.S

** Spirits makers such as Britain's Diageo fell 1.5 pct, SABMiller down 2 pct, Pernod Ricard declines 2.4 pct while Anheuser-Busch InBev ABI.BR> down 2.3 pct, hurt by a slowdown in China

** The yuan hit a four-year low after China pushed the currency down overnight following Tuesday's devaluation.

** The slump in the yuan has also affected carmakers and European luxury goods stocks, for whom China is an important export market

RM: aastha.agnihotri.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net

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