Greek retailers are anticipating a marginal increase in turnover over the festive season, as they expect it to climb just above last year's 3.5 billion euros. Even if that is the case, it will still be a far cry from the 5.4 billion euros in sales of Christmas 2009, as turnover has dropped some 35 percent in the last eight years.
German railway Deutsche Bahn said on Saturday that it had reached a wage agreement with the EVG union following a walkout earlier this week, reported Reuters.
Details of the agreement are set to be announced at 0900 GMT, Deutsche Bahn said.
Novinite.com recalls that German railway workers were on a nationwide strike on Monday.
The gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg was shot dead by French police on Thursday as the Islamic State jihadist group claimed him as one of its "soldiers", reports AFP.
More than 700 French security forces had been hunting for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt since the bloodshed on Tuesday night -- the latest in a string of jihadist attacks to rock France.
France is hunting for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire near the famous Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 11.
As season's greetings are just around the corner, some housewives in Turkey's southern province of Antalya are busy making a large number of wreaths for Christmas and New Year celebrations.