The US Commerce Department reported retail sales to be 0. 8% higher in November, easily surpassing forecasts of 0. 3%.
China's central bank tweaked two of its policy rates in what some analysts said was a bid to relieve pressure on the country's currency.
Bitcoin, the increasingly popular cryptocurrency has dominated Google’s top searches this year.
The 2018 World Inequality Report shows the dramatic rise in inequality in recent decades caused by unequal ownership of capital, privatisation of public assets and limp tax policies.
Factory gate prices in the States rose more quickly than expected last month, amid a soaring price of gasoline.
French president Emmanuel Macron has called on world governments to stay the course on fighting climate change despite America's decision to retreat from the Paris accords.
Small business confidence in the States jumped higher still last month to reach its second-highest mark in over four decades, the results of a widely-followed survey revealed.