It's becoming another holiday tradition: buying local on Small Business Saturday to support family businesses, and in turn, local communities and much-needed jobs.
Shoppers this year still wanted to get a head start on their holiday gift list on Black Friday - but overall were less willing to brave the crowds.
Bill Gates, the world's richest man, and fellow philanthropists on Monday will unveil a multibillion-dollar fund for clean-energy technology that's key to combating climate change, according to an environmental group briefed on the announcement.
Kuwait on Sunday replaced its oil minister just days before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is scheduled for a potentially contentious meeting over production.
The International Monetary Fund is expected to admit China's renminbi to its elite basket of reserve currencies on Monday in what would be a major vote of confidence in Beijing's economic reforms and its bid to internationalise its currency.