Oil traded above $60 a barrel amid concern about Libyan supply after government forces struck Islamist militias close to the nation's largest terminal at Es Sider.
For the first time since records were collected in 1955, Japan's population is drawing down its savings and the savings rate, calculated as savings divided by disposable income plus pension payments, was negative 1.3%.
TOKYO - Shares have been mixed in Asia on Friday with most markets in the area and across the globe closed for Christmas holidays.
So you thought the Christmas shopping season was over? The holiday retail blitz may traditionally start with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
Drew is veteran business journalist. For many years he was Executive Producer of Business News at CNN. He has extensive experience in print, TV and radio.