A technological banking glitch on one of the busiest online shopping days of the year left millions of shoppers unable to pay for transactions using their credit or debit cards.
The past weeks have seen a surprising meeting of minds between chairman of the US Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke, the Bank of England, the Olympic-rowing and Zuckerberg-bothering Winklevoss twins, and the US Department of Homeland Security.
The bargain-basement supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have felled the posh-nosh royal warrant holder Fortnum & Mason in a taste test of that most traditional of Christmas foods, the mince pie.
A global investigation into allegations of manipulation in the £3tn-a-day currency markets appeared to be deepening with more banks admitting they were co-operating with regulators and Barclays suspending six of its traders.
Compare and contrast. In the euro area, falling energy prices are cited as one of the reasons why the annual inflation rate has dropped to a four-year low of 0.7%.
The number of complaints about financial services firms fell in the first half of 2013. However, consumers still raised almost 16,000 issues a day about insurance and banking products, figures from the regulator show.
The best part of Ed Miliband's new energy policy is the plan to abolish Ofgem.
As energy prices look set for further inflation-busting increases, a new campaign is launched on Monday to make it easier for customers to change their energy supplier.
Inflation eased down to 2.7% in August thanks to smaller price rises for petrol and new autumn fashion ranges but the cost of living continued to outstrip pay rises.
Inflation fell in July but remains well in excess of pay rises for the average British worker, leaving many households struggling with falling incomes.