Europe Stocks Sink at Close

Asia stocks end with small gains; Canada markets finish lower

European stock markets were lower. London's FTSE 100 index was off 75.5 points, or 1.8%, to 4,131.5 on profit taking following a report that U.K. retail sales fell in May for the first time in four months. In Paris, the CAC-40 index fell 49.02 points, or 1.5%, to 3,164.91. In Frankfurt, the DAX index was down 60 points, or 1.8%, to 3,244 on profit taking.

Asian markets finished with small gains Thursday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index was up 17.54 points, or 0.19%, to 9,110.51. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index edged up 9.81 points, or 0.1%, to 9,980.11.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 25.01 points, or 0.35%, to 7,078.48.

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