PITTSBURGH/CHICAGO Retailers across the United States offered early Black Friday discounts to lure bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving eve, but initial checks showed crowds in brick-and-mortar stores were subdued even as online sales jumped.
The European Central Bank meets next Thursday and most in the market expect it to expand its asset purchase programme and lower its deposit rate, the rate at which banks park excess funds with it.
TOKYO - Japan's jobless rate fell to a 20-year low in October, but consumer spending and incomes also edged down as the tight labor market failed to spur significant increases in wages.
That raises the stakes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, which wants to channel more savings into investments that can generate both growth and jobs, to boost chances of winning a second term after its landslide victory in 2014.
LONDON Nov 27 Britain's shopping streets, out-of-town malls and websites will be awash with discounted goods on Friday as shoppers chase "Black Friday" deals in a spending frenzy expected to top last year's record level.