TOKYO, Aug 30 Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Friday on futures-led selling as speculative investors squared positions ahead of the weekend amid uncertainty over possible military action against Syria and ended both the week and the month lower. The benchmark Nikkei shed 0.5 percent to 13,388.86, and the broader Topix dropped 0.9 percent to 1,106.05. For the week, the Nikkei lost 2 percent and posted its first weekly fall in three weeks. The index also slid 2 percent in August, declining for a fourth month in a row.
Brazil poised to leave rates steady as inflation remains high
BRASILIA, Aug 31 Brazil's central bank is widely expected to hold interest rates at near-decade highs for the ninth straight time on Wednesday, keeping up a battle against inflation that has barely eased despite a crippling recession.
Amazon Dash one-button device arrives in Britain
LONDON, Aug 31 Seeking to capitalise on Britons too busy or forgetful to shop for household essentials, retail giant Amazon is bringing its thumb-sized, one-button ordering device to the UK.
RPT-INSIGHT-Cheap money exposes weakness of German banks
FRANKFURT, Aug 30 European Central Bank money-printing has exposed the fault lines in Germany's banking system, forcing its sprawling network of lenders to rethink their business models and slash costs.