UK retailers are embarking on the Black Friday shopping phenomenon with analysts predicting record sales. Consultants Experian and online retail group IMRG are forecasting online purchases will hit �1.07bn, the first time they have passed �1bn in one day.
Black Friday starts for many retailers online at midnight on November 27, with high street stores opening their doors from 5 and 6am.
Barclays has been shamed over a murky �1.9billion deal with ultra-wealthy clients which left the country vulnerable to financial crime.
TOKYO/SINGAPORE Asian shares fell and the dollar held near an 8-1/2-month peak on Friday, while the euro hovered around seven-month lows on expectations of additional stimulus from the European Central Bank next week.
BEIJING Profits earned by Chinese industrial companies fell 4.6 percent in October from a year earlier, data from the statistics bureau showed on Friday, declining for the fifth consecutive month.