Early deals and drizzly weather damped the start of the Black Friday promotional push by UK retailers. Security and shop staff outnumbered customers at many stores, unlike last year when shoppers at Tesco and Asda fought for cut-price goods.
China's main share index closed down by more than 5% after several major brokerage firms announced they were under investigation.
The prudential regulator has imposed a rare �1.29m fine on Raphaels Bank for failing to spot improper transfers of millions of pounds within its business, potentially putting “its safety and soundness at risk”.
Petrol prices will drop below �1 a litre for the first time in six years as part of the Black Friday sales. Asda is slashing prices by 4p a litre until midnight on Sunday.
Karin Forseke is stepping down from the chairman's job at Alliance Trust, just months after a major governance overhaul carried out under pressure from the activist hedge fund Elliott Advisors.