Scandal-hit Sports Direct has splashed out $51.1m (�40m) on the acquisition of a corporate jet despite reporting its profits halved.
The European Central Bank has vowed to continue with its programme of electronic money printing to shore up the eurozone recovery but surprised financial markets by reducing the amount of stimulus it expects to provide each month.
The UK government's approach to foreign investment in critical infrastructure is to be tested by an agreement by National Grid to sell a controlling stake in a distributor of gas to nearly 11m British households and businesses.
House prices picked up pace in November and will keep rising in the months ahead, but a slowdown in activity next year will hurt the economy, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).
Shares in Russian oil giant Rosneft lept Thursday after the Kremlin announced the 10.5 billion euro ($11.3 billion) sale of a stake to commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign fund.