U.S. consumers flocked to malls and stores yesterday as the annual holiday shopping season commenced, with some finding they'd lost out on the best deals as stores opened earlier than ever.
Black Friday. A family leaves Curry's Forster Square left to right ... Hardill Aziz, Mahria Ahmed, Yasmin Majid. Black Friday shoppers at Forster Square grabbing bargains.
Oil prices hit a four-and-a half-year low in the wake of the decision by the Opec producers' cartel not to cut output. Brent crude fell $2.43 to $70.15 a barrel on Friday.
House prices climbed to another all-time high in November but the pace of growth in property values is continuing to cool, Nationwide Building Society has reported.
The FTSE 100 Index struggled for direction as sliding oil prices pushed heavyweights such as BP and Royal Dutch Shell lower but delivered more cheer for travel stocks.