Europe Stocks End Higher

Asia markets close mixed; Canada shares climb

European stock markets finished higher on Thursday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index closed higher by 63.10 points, or 1.54%, to 4,149.60. Britain's June retail sales rose more than expected 1.9% thanks to abnormally warm weather in England.

In France, the CAC 40 index finished up 67.45 points, or 2.18%, to 3,156.86. Germany's DAX index finished up 70.34 points, or 2.13%, at 3,374.82. Siemens' third-quarter profits beat analysts' projections, as did DaimlerChrysler's quarterly results.

Asian markets closed mixed on Thursday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index closed higher by 55.66 points, or 0.58%, to 9,671.00. Banks posted solid gains with Mizuho Fiancial Group up 8.99%, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group up 6.32%, UFJ Holdings up 4.17% and Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group up 2.28%.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index gained 22.58 points, or 0.23%, to close at 9,923.14.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 20.10 points, or 0.28%, to 7,251.44.

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