Japan's Fast Retailing thrives on economic hardship, with thrifty shoppers flocking to its budget fashion chain Uniqlo, while supermarkets and department stores struggle to reverse sharp falls in sales.
The one hundred or so people gathered for treatment at a feeding centre in the small town of Boda in the south-west of the Central African Republic have probably never seen a diamond, but their current fate is linked closely to this high value stone which is mined outside the town and sold on international markets.
A judge overseeing the bankruptcy of mall operator General Growth Properties approved a plan that would release 103 properties from Chapter 11 and pave the way for the company itself to focus on emerging from bankruptcy.
Saks Inc is cutting 116 jobs in the cosmetics and fragrance departments of its flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York as it moves to get outside vendors such as Chanel, Lancome and Clinique to fully staff their Saks counters themselves.
Coach Inc, maker of luxury handbags, wallets and other accessories, could see its earnings recover from an earlier-year slump, helped by new product launches and store openings domestically and overseas.