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Black Friday crowds thin after US stores open on Thanksgiving
PITTSBURGH/CHICAGO Crowds were thin at U.S. stores and shopping malls in the early hours of Friday, initial spot checks showed, as shoppers responded to early Black Friday discounts with a mix of enthusiasm and caution.
Super Bowl of Shopping Starts  ABC News
The sun rises on Black Friday – and shoppers across the country  Fox News Latino
China's Black Friday sees it revisit August lows
Chinese stocks posted their worst weekly performance since August on Friday, with major indices tumbling in excess of 5 percent after regulators launched an investigation into security brokerage firms in the country.
3 Chinese Brokerages Say They Are Under Investigation  New York Times
China stocks tumble most since summer slump as brokerage probe widens  Reuters
Watchdog urges ECB to stop banker meetings before policy decisions
FRANKFURT The European Union's top watchdog has urged the European Central Bank to stop meeting market players such as hedge funds shortly before setting policy, adding to pressure for it to tighten its rules of engagement.
Five Things Everyone Will Be Talking About Today  Bloomberg
European shares shrug off plunge for Chinese stocks  GlobalPost
GDP might be lower but it might not hurt
When is slower economic growth not such a bad thing? When it's caused by lower growth in the population. If that puzzles you, you're a victim of the economists' practice of focusing on growth in gross domestic product rather than GDP per person.
UK economic growth holds steady  Scottish Daily Record
EconomyTrade bites record-breaking chunk out of UK GDP  Financial Times
Need inversion conversion
It's silly for members of Congress to criticize corporations for responding to the economic incentives created in federal tax law.
Our opinion: Pfizer deal shows flaws in US tax code  Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Pfizer and Allergan sign definitive merger agreement (press release) (blog)
HSBC to close India private banking unit as competition grows
MUMBAI HSBC Holdings Plc is closing its private banking unit in India as part of its group strategy, the bank said, marking the exit of another foreign bank from the cut-throat wealth management business in Asia's third-largest economy.
Why HSBC is shutting its private banking business in India  Business Today
HSBC to shut its private banking operation in India  BBC News
Rio Tinto's $2.6b expansion of bauxite operations in far north Queensland to ...
Rio Tinto's bauxite operations on Cape York in far north Queensland will be extended for another 40 years after its board approved a $2.6 billion expansion.
Hunter Valley mine plan verdicts to deliver boom and doom  The Australian (blog)
Rio Tinto approves $1.9B Australian bauxite project  Seeking Alpha
Israel tests Barak-8 missile co-developed with India
Jerusalem: For the first time, Israeli military has successfully tested from a ship an advanced surface-to-air missile co-developed with India which will be deployed to secure vital offshore assets like gas fields.
Israel successfully tests surface-to-air missile jointly developed with India  Firstpost
Israel Navy tests Barak 8 missile  Naval Technology
Damp start to UK Black Friday
Early deals and drizzly weather damped the start of the Black Friday promotional push by UK retailers. Security and staff outnumbered customers at many stores, unlike last year when shoppers at Tesco and Asda fought for cut-price goods.
No sign of Black Friday chaos in Scotland as bargain bonanza gets off to a ...  Scottish Daily Record
This is how Black Friday 2015 compares in UK to last year's chaos
Japan spending slumps even as unemployment hits 20-year low
A file photo of bank of Japan (Boj) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Boj views that a solid economic recovery will accelerate inflation to its 2% target by early 2017.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to unzip $33bn on welfare  The Australian
UPDATE 2-Japan's Abe orders extra stimulus spending; eyes growth, fiscal ...  Reuters