With only 160 shopping days left, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in some stores. Some chains are trying to bring holiday spirit, and revenue, to the summer with "Christmas in July" promotions.
The recession is forcing many U.S. retailers to focus on their key brands and pull the plug on secondary lines - a move that could have the added benefit of helping them return to their more successful roots.
Goodbye "fashionista" brands, where neither the price nor the planet counts. The recession has made recycled "recessionista chic" a hit at Berlin Fashion Week -- some of it even organic and free trade.
Miner Anglo American is considering finding a partner for its huge iron ore project in Brazil, including from China, but apparently the move is not a defense against an unwanted merger approach from rival Xstrata.
The collapse of the vast German retail group Arcandor, threatening 43,000 jobs, erupted into a bitter fight on Wednesday 10 June as politicians gear up for a national election in less than four months.