Dollar General said the US$80-a-share offer it made at the beginning of September will remain alive to the end of the year, enough to span Family Dollar's Dec 11 special shareholders meeting, called to vote on selling the company to smaller rival Dollar Tree.
Declines in China's new home prices slowed in October, a survey showed Friday, though figures still fell for a sixth straight month as property woes weigh on growth in the world's second-largest economy.
The unprecedented shift by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) will see stocks account for a combined 50 per cent of its portfolio, up from about 24 per cent now, pumping billions of dollars into domestic and overseas share markets.
Gold dived to US$1,167.41 per ounce, striking the lowest point since late July 2010.
US consumer spending fell 0.2 per cent in September after a 0.5 per cent rise in August as personal income growth slowed, the Commerce Department said on Friday (Oct 31).
The report, carried out by the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Centre, claims that private corporations with more innovative ideas can play an important role to improve the region's disaster response capability.
The new European Commission, which formally takes office on Saturday (Nov 1), must quickly get to grips with fixing the stalling economy, cutting near-record jobless queues and making member states stick to tough budget rules.
Eurozone inflation edged up 0.4 per cent but has come off multi-year lows while the jobless rate was unchanged at 11.5 per cent in September, official data showed on Friday (Oct 31).
German retail sales posted the biggest monthly drop in September for more than seven years, as shoppers cut back sharply their spending, according to official data released on Friday (Oct 31).
The European Union will "fully play its role" to implement the gas deal signed by Ukraine and Russia on Thursday (Oct 30), the French and German leaders said in a joint statement.