GROUNDED: Travellers wait in a lounge at Orly airport, south of Paris, as an Air France's airbus A321 plane is seen parked on the tarmac, on the ninth day of its pilots' strike, which is costing the airline up to €15m a day. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)
In other news
The eurozone economy has slowed in September, with a key business indicator released slumping to a nine-month low.
The SA Reserve Bank's monthly leading business cycle indicator has risen 0.3% month-on-month in July, largely driven by the manufacturing sector.
Brent crude has risen above $97 a barrel after a survey showed China's factory activity unexpectedly picked up in September, helping brighten demand outlook.
Russia's auto market is showing no signs of improving in the next two years, having been hit by an economic slowdown and weak rouble.
India should increase handouts of subsidised grain, its food minister was quoted as saying, in a move that would backtrack on long-term commitments.
A bitter Air France labour dispute has deepened as management pledged to press ahead with its low-cost airline ambitions.
The newly-appointed chief financial officer of Tesco, Britain's biggest grocer, will start earlier than the announced date of December 1.
Britain's financial watchdog will fine Barclays for failing to ensure that customer money was properly safeguarded and adequate records kept.