The White House reviewed a Democratic plan on Monday to bail out stricken automakers with up to $15 billion in loans, a bid that would also clear the way for longer-term help if industry meets certain conditions.
Greece's weekend riots destroyed about 130 shops in Athens's commercial center and owners of surviving businesses say a Christmas season already overshadowed by global economic crisis may be lost to them altogether.
Japan's top trading firm Mitsubishi Corp plans to buy a roughly 5 percent stake in retailer Aeon for more than $325 million, and the two will work together on foreign buying amid the economic downturn, two company sources said on Saturday.
Armed robbers pulled off one of the world's biggest jewellery heists at a famed Paris store, making off with diamonds and valuables worth 80 million euros (102 million dollars), investigators said Friday, December 5th.
U.S. consumers struggling with recession were willing to shop more for clothes in November because of extreme discounting and colder weather after months of avoiding apparel purchases. Even though same-store apparel sales fell by 10.
U.S. women's apparel retailer filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, December 2nd and said it plans to liquidate, becoming the latest retailer to succumb to the credit crisis and downturn in consumer spending.
Retailers that offer good value or the hottest products should come out on top this holiday season, while those that need deep discounts to lure shoppers could see earnings pressured, analysts said on Monday.