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A glitch in Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, has caused some Bank of America customers to get charged twice for a single transaction.
South African stocks have retreated, led by platinum producers that were hit by data showing a sharp fall in Chinese imports of the precious metal.
US stocks have slipped following mixed earnings as the market retreated after three straight sessions of big gains.
Asian markets have fallen on profit-taking after the previous day's hefty gains, but losses were limited after a slight pick-up in Chinese manufacturing activity.
Oil prices have tanked further in Asian trade as a crude supply glut overshadowed news that China's key manufacturing sector picked up slightly, analysts said.
The Chamber of Mines of SA has welcomed the mini budget, adding that it is working on initiatives to help unlock investment and growth.
Stagnation in Europe is retarding Britain's economic recovery and delaying any lift in interest rates from their five-year low, the Bank of England says.
EU spending should increase by 8% next year, the European Parliament says, setting the stage for a new budget showdown in the bloc.