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Target and other retailers brace for holiday shopping onslaught
Workers gather for a meeting in preparation for Black Friday at a Target store in Eagle Rock. Workers gather for a meeting in preparation for Black Friday at a Target store in Eagle Rock.
Best Shopping Deals for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday  ABC News
Black Friday retailers pile on discounts to lure shoppers  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Euro on shaky ground, stocks up on talk of aggressive ECB easing
LONDON The euro slipped back towards seven-month lows, bond yields fell and European shares rallied on Thursday as talk of aggressive stimulus from the European Central Bank next week gained ground.
Euro zone bank lending “glacial” but improving  Reuters Blogs (blog)
Private sector loans growing fast in eurozone: ECB  THE BUSINESS TIMES
Barclays Fined for Anti-Money-Laundering Control Failings
LONDON— Barclays BCS 0.45 % PLC was on Thursday fined by British regulators over anti-money-laundering control failings linked to a secretive �1.88 billion ($2.83 billion) deal it arranged for a number of rich clients.
UK fines Barclays for lax oversight on financial crime  CBS News
UK watchdog fines Barclays $A150m  The Australian
The latest corporate tax dodger
"The next time you're told that your “entitlements” (i.e. earned benefits) of Social Security and Medicare must be cut, or you wonder why America is falling behind advanced nations in so many areas, thank the likes of Pfizer.
Pfizer, Allergan to merge in US$160b tax-saving deal  Rapid News Network
Pfizer deal – An “Egregious Example” of Tax code abuse – says, Hilary ...  Times Gazette
Japan Prime Minister Debuts New Social Programs to Help Economy
TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he would increase spending on social programs and raise the minimum wage as he tries to jump-start the flagging economy ahead of an election next summer.
Japan says it plans $10.6 billion in climate finance for developing ...  Montreal Gazette
Japan says it plans $10.6 billion in climate finance for developing ...  Fox News
Oil prices drop on supply glut worries
Oil prices fell on Thursday amid signs of robust U.S. production despite data showing a lower-than-expected increase in U.S. oil inventories and a decline in the number of working oil-rigs in the country.
Oil eases on glut, production outlook  The Globe and Mail
Oil Halts Gain as U.S. Supplies Weighed Against Drilling Decline  Bloomberg
Senator and banker arrested in Brazil corruption scandal
An investigation into corruption at Petrobras, Brazil's state-owned oil company, has resulted in the arrests of a sitting senator and a billionaire investment banker who is one of the country's top financial executives.
Petrobras scandal: Brazil billionaire arrest widens probe  Financial Times
Brazilian corruption probe widens, with senator and BTG Pactual CEO arrested  BDlive
Tesco Reaches Agreement on $12 Million New York Lawsuit
LONDON— Tesco TSCDY 2.22 % PLC said on Thursday it has reached agreement in principle to pay $12 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in New York over an accounting scandal that tarnished the retailer's reputation.
Tesco in $12m US settlement over accounting scandal
CompaniesTesco shares in the green after lawsuit settlement  Financial Times
Very significant spending cuts to come, think tank warns
"Very significant" government spending cuts will still be imposed before the next general election, an influential think tank has warned.
Economic forecasting and public spending  The Economist (blog)
Autumn Statement 2015: Osborne uses �27bn windfall to ease austerity
Regulator to hear arguments in Suncor's hostile takeover bid of COS
CALGARY -- The Alberta Securities Commission will hear arguments today into whether Canadian Oil Sands should be allowed to keep its defence against hostile takeovers.
Energy Canadian Oil Sands hunts for rival bidders Add to ...  The Globe and Mail (subscription)
Canadian Oil Sands Cites Potential Suitors in Effort to Fend Off Suncor  Nasdaq