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US upbeat as new jobless claims fall

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly a month, a hopeful sign for the labor market, while holiday retail sales rose in November and December. Initial claim

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Bahrain’s retail sales double on Saudi visitors

Bahrain's retail sales nearly doubled during the last weekend, powered by a record number of visitors from Saudi Arabia, said a top official. According to Credimax senior manager and head of merchant services and sales Amira I

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Euro zone GDP contraction slows in Q1

The pace of the euro zone's economic contraction slowed quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of this year, EU statistics showed on Wednesday, but retail sales in April pointed to continued weakness in household demand.

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GCC retail sales seen hitting $270bn

Retail sales in the GCC are expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.7 per cent between 2011 and 2016 to reach $270.3 billion by the end of the forecast period, a report said. Food retail sales are anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 8.8 pe

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Smartphone sales seen reaching $689bn

Smartphones will represent 19 per cent of annual retail store sales by 2016, amounting to $689 billion from the current 5.1 per cent translating into $159 billion in forecasted sales for 2012, a report said. By comparison, direct mobile

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GCC retail sales 'set to top $240 billion'

Retail sales in GCC will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3 per cent between 2010 and 2015, reaching $240.3 billion by the end of the period, said a report. Growing per capita GDP and disposable income, expanding populatio

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Sony sees 'murky' holiday sales outlook

Sony Corp sees little cheer in the normally robust year-end shopping season amid global consumer gloom and has few options to cope with the euro's tumble against the yen, a senior official said. "Looking at Europe and North America overall

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DSS drives up retail sales in first half

Retail sales have recorded a remarkable increase in the first half of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2011, and according to industry officials, the influx of GCC visitors is expected to further drive sales in the coming weeks. The 14th editi

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Oil drops a 4th day on economic growth fears

Crude oil prices fell a fourth straight day on Friday, dropping 6.6 per cent for the week, on mounting concerns about slowing economic growth that have weighed on equities and oil prices. Friday's mixed data did not alleviate the concerns

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Dubai retail sales seen falling 30pc

Dubai luxury retailer Bin Hendi Enterprises expects retail sales in the emirate to drop by up to 30 per cent this summer versus last year, the company's president said, as the financial crisis continues to hurt retailers. '25 per c

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