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Black Friday crowds thin in subdued start to US holiday shopping
PITTSBURGH/CHICAGO Crowds were thin at U.S. stores and shopping malls in the early hours of Black Friday and on Thanksgiving evening as shoppers responded to early holiday discounts with caution and bad weather hurt turnout.
Black Friday Crowds Thin After US Stores Open on Thanksgiving  Newsweek
Online sales surge past brick-and-mortar retailers' big day  Miami Herald
Chicago Tribune  
3 Chinese Brokerages Say They Are Under Investigation
BEIJING - Three of China's biggest securities firms are under investigation in a fresh aftershock from this summer's market plunge.
China regulator targets illegal margin finance in wealth management products  Reuters
China's Stock-Market Regulator Investigating Haitong Securities  Wall Street Journal
US Stocks Open Lower After China Slumps
U.S. stocks slipped Friday as energy and consumer-focused company shares weighed on major indexes, following a selloff in Asian markets earlier in the day.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Black Friday for China stocks but metals not so heavy  Reuters
Global Stocks Little Changed as China Slumps  Nasdaq
Black-eye Friday: Mall brawls break out as shoppers seek the best deals
Videos posted on social media late Thursday and early Friday showed shoppers brawling in malls as they jostled to get the best deals at the start of the holiday shopping season.
It's Back Friday – Ready, Set, Shop  CBS Local
Nearly 100 million shoppers expected on Black Friday  CBS News
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
Eurozone confidence at four-year high
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.
EconomyUK GDP: hats off to the consumer  Financial Times
business-investment-looks-solid.-bank-of-england-growth-q3-forecast-not-yet-hit.  Times of Oman
German shoppers' confidence 'dips' amid economic fears
Confidence among shoppers in Germany has dipped according to a survey, amid worries over Europe's largest economy. The forward-looking GfK consumer sentiment indicator fell to 9.3 points for December from 9.4 points in the previous month.
Survey Shows German Consumers Losing Confidence  New York Times
UPDATE 2-Britons head online in hunt for Black Friday bargains
... * British retailers embrace U.S. Black Friday discounts. * More shoppers head online after brawls in stores last year. * Sales boost jeopardises margins in crucial period (Adds detail, analyst, shopper quotes).
Black Friday sales are here - but where are the shoppers?  BBC News
Online sales dominate 'Black Friday'  New Vision
Rio Tinto approves $1.9bn bauxite mine
Rio Tinto has given a go-ahead to a $1.9bn project to build an Australian bauxite mine, defying a deepening commodities downturn. The investment is the largest that Rio has approved for more than two years, a period when global miners have slammed the ...
Rio Tinto's $2.6b expansion of bauxite operations in far north ...  ABC Online
Rio Tinto Bucks Mining Sector Trend to Bet on Bauxite  Wall Street Journal
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.
HSBC Stock Climbs on Closure of India Banking Unit
HSBC exits private banking business in India  Business Standard