Mariah Carey on the radio. Red and green tinsel strewn about supermarkets. A rogue neighbor's holiday lights display. Sales. In today's world, all these things all may come on the day after Halloween (groan).
WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped sharply last week, the Labor Department said Wednesday, the latest sign that businesses are cutting few jobs.
US consumer spending barely rose in October as households took advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years, pointing to moderate economic growth in the fourth quarter.
... * Supreme Court orders arrests for obstructing investigation. * Bank's shares drop 25 pct on Sao Paulo exchange. * Amaral is ruling party leader in Senate (Adds Senate leader suspending session, central bank statement, background on bank).
(Updates throughout, changes byline, dateline, previous LONDON). * Dollar rises after positive manufacturing data. * Euro falls on Reuters report ECB considering 2-tier bank charges.