LONDON (AFP) - Gold prices struck six-month highs this week but copper futures tumbled to the lowest level in nearly four years on market concerns over slowing Chinese economic growth.
MOSCOW (AFP) - A former Russian finance minister and one-time close confidante of Vladimir Putin said the country's already-troubled economy could be in serious difficulty if the West imposes sanctions over Crimea.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Growing acceptance and legalisation of same-sex marriages in the United States and around the globe will fuel the travel and hospitality industries and boost spending by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) consumers, experts say.
Retail sales were almost flat in January compared with the same month last year on the back of still-sluggish car sales.
HONG KONG (AFP) - A tiny Hong Kong store measuring just 130 sq m has sold for more than US$23 million (S$29 million), as prices reach astronomical levels in a city ranked the most expensive for retailers in the world.