People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid in July. A solid summer tourist season drove a clear decrease in the country's unemployment rate in the third quarter, Spain's national statistics bureau said.
Asian shares closed 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.
U.K. retail sales fell more than economists forecast in September as warm weather led shoppers to delay purchases of winter clothing.
... * Accounting black hole bigger than expected. * Second quarter trading in home market down sharply. * Scraps full-year trading profit outlook.
... * Q1 sales 2.037 billion euros, up 2 pct like-for-like. * Eyes 2014/15 underlying profit growth of 1-3 pct. * Eyes gradual improvement in FY sales in difficult climate (Adds detail, background).