Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Sunday 28 June when protesters clashed with Bangladeshi security forces for a second day, as an estimated 50,000 garment workers rallied over wage cuts and unpaid salaries.
John Lewis Partnership, the employee-owned group seen as a barometer of British retail spending, said on Friday 26 June its 27 UK department stores recorded their best performance of the first-half so far.
Retailer Marks & Spencer is expected to post an improving sales trend for its first quarter, but its trading update will be overshadowed by a growing row over the future of executive chairman Stuart Rose.
Lonmin, the world's third biggest platinum producer, said up to 20,000 ounces may be left unprocessed at the end of its fiscal year due to a furnace shutdown, but the impact on its sales target was uncertain.
Zara has opened its first boutique in Egypt. The brand, of the Spanish giant Inditex, has installed itself in the Star Centre in Cairo, a shopping centre described as one of the largest in the Middle East with its five hundred stores.