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Japan's savings rate turns negative for first time
For the first time since records were collected in 1955, Japan's population is drawing down its savings and the savings rate, calculated as savings divided by disposable income plus pension payments, was negative 1.3%.
Japan Inflation Slows in Blow to Abe  Wall Street Journal
Japan industrial production falls 0.6% on-month in November  Economic Times
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Ruble Set for Best Week in 16 Years as Russia Turns to Exporters
The ruble fell, trimming a weekly rally that drove the currency up the most since in 16 years as the government ordered Russian exporters to reduce their foreign-currency holdings to shore up confidence.
Ruble rebounds sharply from lows as exporters sell dollars  Reuters Canada
Putin Aide Says Russian Inflation to Hit 11 Percent in 2014  The Moscow Times
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Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading
A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. showing Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index that edged 9.93 points higher to 17,818.68 while the U.S.
Asia shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading, Shanghai continues rebound  Macro Insider
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Oil Trades Above $60 Amid Signs of Saudi Confidence in Rebound
Oil traded above $60 a barrel in London amid the highest volatility in more than three years on speculation that Saudi Arabia, the largest crude exporter, is signaling confidence that prices will rally.
Saudi Arabia keeps spending, despite oil drop  MarketWatch
Saudi finance minister says no need to create sovereign wealth fund  Reuters
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China to Ease Rules to Boost Lending
BEIJING--China's central bank is allowing banks to lend more out of their deposits as the world's second-largest economy struggles to gain momentum, according to banking officials with knowledge of the matter.
China's Cuts Bleed Into Stocks  Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Tips to tackle your holiday gift returns
Nearly 71 percent of retailers require customers who are returning an item without a receipt to show ID, the National Retail Federation says.
Stores open early for after-Christmas returns, sales  WKMG Orlando
The dash is on to return unwanted gifts  Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Minimum Wage War at Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT)
The issue regarding minimum wages is one that is affecting the entire United States. The point of focus this time is Walmart (NYSE:WMT) stores.
Walmart offers gift card swap  WNCT
Stores prepare for after-Christmas shopping rush  WSB Atlanta
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45 Philadelphia Taxi Companies Sues Uber Over Racketerring
45 Philadelphian taxi companies have filed a lawsuit against Uber, a taxi enterprise that's app-based. Text size: Small · Medium · Large.
Uber starts charging a $2 fee for hailing taxis  The Week Magazine
Ringing in the New Year with a surge  Toronto Star
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Obamacare Offers Up a Pleasant Surprise for the Holidays
While consumers are busy buying holiday gifts and preparing holiday feasts, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was doing one thing: signing up more than a million people for health insurance in a single week!
Guest Commentary: America's Affordable Care Act is Working  Falls Church News Press
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Emergency airlift puts large fries back on the menu at McDonald's in Japan
Medium and large-sized fries will be back on the menu from 5 January. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters. Agence France-Presse in Tokyo.
McDonald's fries back on the menu in all sizes in Japan  Reuters
Large Fries Are Back At McDonald's In Japan After Emergency Airlift Ends ...  Business Insider
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