With almost no growth potential left in the US, Walmart is expanding into China. But the company has to adapt to a different kind of consumer that values quality and fresh produce over the retailers trademark "everyday low prices".
Expansion of the world's second-largest economy has cooled slightly, fresh figures from the national statistics office have shown. But there's no sign of instability as the Communist Party Congress is in full swing.
Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba already ranks alongside Amazon and Walmart as one of the world's largest retailers. Its latest announcement of a major logistics investment and takeover shows the scale of its ambitions.
Police say a man has admitted to threatening to poison groceries in an extortion scheme. Consumers should check the safety seals on products and report suspected tampering to the authorities.
Portugal's shoemakers have built a reputation for quality in an industry dominated by low-cost producers. As DW's Jochen Faget finds out, despite intense competition the production lines are still humming nicely.
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