Europe Markets Close Mixed

Asia shares finish higher; Canada stocks end slightly down

European stock markets were mixed Friday. London's FTSE 100 index was up 26.1 points, or 0.65%, to 4,067.8, even though the government reported Britain's economy grew at the weakest pace in more than a decade in the first quarter as construction output fell and consumers curbed spending.

In Paris, the CAC-40 index edged up 5.56 points, or 0.18%, to 3,109.02. There was little reaction to reports French unemployment rose to a 3-year high in May, and first-quarter GDP rose 0.3%. In Frankfurt, the DAX index fell 16.56 points, or 0.51%, to 3,224.66, amid a report German consumer confidence rose in June.

Asian markets finished higher Friday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 180.65 points, or 2.02%, to 9,104.06. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index rose 51.1 points, or 0.53%, to 9,657.21.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 12.28 points, or 10.18%, to 6,679.12.

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