A man walks past a shop displaying a sale sign in Nice, southeastern France

 
A man walks past a shop displaying a sale sign in Nice, southeastern France
A man walks past a shop displaying a sale sign in Nice, southeastern France, December 13, 2011. Consumer confidence in the 27-nation European Union (EU) sunk to its lowest level this year in October as rising prices, muted wages growth and austerity measures have squeezed disposable incomes across crisis-hit Europe. The placard reads "Happy holiday season". REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS)