European Stocks End Lower

Asian markets also lost ground in Tuesday's session

European markets ended lower Tuesday, though well off their worst levels of the session. Equities sank in the early going in a carryover of Monday's decline, as weaker than expected reports on household spending in France (Europe's third largest economy) and consumer confidence in the Netherlands further damaged already weakened sentiment. The major bourses managed a partial recovery after a better than expected report on U.S. consumer confidence.

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