US unemployment down:
The US unemployment rate fell to 7% in November, the least in five years. More than two hundred thousand people found jobs last month. The rise in hiring affected a broad range of sectors: manufacturing, construction, retail and the public sector.
US jobs data buoys markets:
After marking the death of South African legend Nelson Mandela with a minute's silence, Wall Street quickly returned to the rough and tumble of making money. The NYSE's Dow and Germany's Dax both climbed when positive US unemployment came in. After a market wrap we talked to New York correspondent Jens Korte about the situation.
The price of cocoa hit a two and a half year high this past week. The timing couldn't be worse. Chocolate is in high demand during the holiday season. The higher cocoa prices are being felt by chocolate makers, who blame market speculators for the price spike.
Christmas retail raids:
The European Commission is investigating German electronics retail chain Media Markt, consumer electronics producer Samsung of Korea, and the Netherlands' Philipps. The Commission accuses them of restricting online sales to boost their product prices, or making them unavailable to discount outlets.
Counting the costs of Xaver:
Across most of northern Europe people are assessing the damage left behind by Hurricane Xaver. From Edinburgh to Rotterdam to Hamburg, Xaver's winds, flooding and snowfall forced practically everything in its path to shut down.
Paris Disney loses lustre:
Paris Disneyworld's brand of animated-film-inspired cheer drew in record numbers in 2012. But visitors were a million down in 2013, with French, Italian and Spanish guest numbers dropping off most. Disneyland Paris made a loss of nearly €65m and is embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with its staff.