Europe Markets End Lower

Canada stocks finish flat; Asia stocks end higher

European markets finished trading lower Friday. London's FTSE index was down 10.6 points, or 0.27%, to 3,979.8. In the first quarter, U.K. gross domestic product rose only 0.2%, and consumer spending showed the smallest gain in six years. In Paris, the CAC-40 index lost 6.11 points, or 0.21%, to 2,897.16. In Frankfurt, the DAX index shed 42.38 points, or 1.48%, to 2,822.83.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose a modest 3.56 points, or 0.05%, to 6,782.90.

In Asia, stocks finished higher. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 133.1 points, or 1.65%, to 8,184.76, led by foreign buying in tech stocks. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index increased 172.24 points, or 1.89%, to 9,303.73.

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