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Mall of America breaks Black Friday record

November 27, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Hundreds of Black Friday shoppers wait in line outside of Best Buy at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., Thursday Nov. 24, 2011. Several retailers at the Mall, including Best Buy, opened their doors to deal hunters at midnight Friday. (AP Photo Mark Vancleave/Minnresota Daily) BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Mall of America has [&hellip...

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India loosens restrictions on foreign retailers

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this May 30, 2009 file photo, workers walk during the inauguration ceremony of the first Wal-Mart/Bharti Enterprises joint venture store in Amritsar, India. India’s Cabinet decided Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 to allow more direct foreign...

Cuba unveils credits for businesses, farms, homes

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Members of the Mambises music group sing and sell their music on CDs at Cathedral square in Old Havana, Cuba, Thursday Nov. 24, 2011. Cuba is announcing a new credit system that will begin offering loans to small-business owners, private farmers and other...

Germany deflects calls for ECB to have more power

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, center, and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti, shake hands at the end of a press conference in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Nov 24, 2011. The leaders of Germany,...

Towns turn to ‘road diets’ to slow busy traffic

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this photo taken Oct. 7, 2011, Dan Burden discusses his ideas on fewer and smaller streets at an intersection in North Little Rock, Ark. Instead of making streets wider to accommodate more cars, crews will reduce them from four lanes to two in a project...

Hungarians face evictions ahead of winter chill

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2010 file photo an indebted retail store is on sale in downtown Budapest, Hungary. Indebted Hungarians face eviction notices amid economic struggles and nearing winter chill. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky,File) BUDAPEST, Hungary...

JK Rowling: UK press left me feeling under siege

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

British actress Sienna Miller, arrives to testify at the Leveson inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The Leveson inquiry is Britain’s media ethics probe that was set up in the wake of the scandal over phone...

Absent Haiti quake panel slows reconstruction

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

The earthquake damaged National Palace is seen from the Fort Nationale neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011. An ambitious reconstruction panel, co-chaired former U.S. President Bill Clinton, was created three months after the January...

Stocks down again as Merkel rules out ECB role

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A Tokyo Stock Exchange employee monitors stock update on computer terminals in Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday amid mixed economic data out of the U.S. and fears that the German economy, Europe’s strongest,...

Eskom key reason South Africa is big polluter

November 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, the cooling towers at Eskom’s coal-powered Lethabo power station are seen near Sasolburg, South Africa. Eskom is Africa’s biggest power utility, accounting for more than 60 percent of all the electricity...