Asian shares were down on Thursday, taking their lead from losses on Wall Street, despite positive factory data from China. Japan's Nikkei index closed down 0.4% at 15,138.96 points.
Spain's unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in almost three years in the third quarter as the country's large services sector took on more staff and construction activity also picked up.
Unilever (UNA), the maker of Surf and Rin laundry detergents, reported the slowest third-quarter revenue growth in five years amid a slowdown in emerging markets in Asia.
GENEVA (AP) - Credit Suisse Group has posted a third-quarter profit that is more than double from a year ago, benefitting from cost cutting, emerging markets and services for wealthy clients.
The Australian bond market finished flat as benign inflation in the US and New Zealand convinced traders interest rates would stay put in those economies.