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World

Consumer spending

Many Europeans suffering economic hard times have been waiting anxiously for the winter sales, to finally see prices fall to levels they can afford

World

Europeans' Christmas budgets

Lower purchasing power this Christmas in Europe is putting a strain on many people’s gift budgets, but in France spending levels are around the same

World

Eat, shop, give thanks in US

In an annual custom, the American president pardons the traditional centre-piece of the Thanksgiving holiday, a turkey. Two this year, named Cobbler

Business

German retail sales jump

The tills keep ringing in Germany. In September, retail sales there rose at the fastest pace since June last year. They were up by 1.5 percent

Business

UK growth revised down

Britain’s economy shrank more than previously thought at the end of last year. Updated numbers from the UK’s Office for National Statistics show