Many shoppers said "no, thanks" to wild crowds over the holiday weekend as more people opted to shop online than in stores, initial data show.
The euro headed for its biggest monthly decline since March as economists unanimously forecast the European Central Bank will unveil additional stimulus this week.
TOKYO Asian shares fell on Monday as Chinese stocks extended last week's sharp losses, while the yuan bounced in volatile trade hours ahead of an IMF decision on whether to promote it to a basket of global reserve currencies.
Crude prices moves were tepid in early Asian trade Monday as the market stayed put ahead of a raft of data and meetings this week, with traders watching if Saudi Arabia-led oil cartel would adjust its production policy to stabilize prices on Friday.
TOKYO Japan's industrial output rose for a second straight month in October and retail sales grew much faster than expected - a tentative sign of the economy's recovery from a recession.